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    Bolivian President Undergoes Emergency Tumor Surgery

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    Bolivian President Evo Morales said he had a tumor removed during an emergency surgery after being taken to hospital for a routine check.

    "At a routine examination they detected a small tumor that was successfully removed during an emergency surgery," he tweeted on Wednesday. The president added he was doing "100-percent fine" and would be discharged on Thursday.

    According to Reuters, the president's office said Morales had been treated at a private clinic in the city of La Paz. However, Bolivian President reportedly gave no other details about where the tumor was found, or about the surgery itself.

    The 58-year-old Evo Morales has been in power since 2006 and has signaled an intention to run for a fourth term next year.

    In 2013, the Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal already allowed Morales to run for his third term despite the fact that the constitution prohibited such a move. The tribunal's ruling was made after a number of Bolivia's civil movements proposed the initiative, however, the country's opposition has largely criticized the move.

    According to Reuters, Evo Morales previously underwent surgery in Cuba to remove a benign tumor from his throat and in Bolivia for football-related injuries to his knee.


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