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Guinea-Bissau President in Senegal for Medical Treatment


Guinea-Bissau President Malam Bacai Sanha listens during a session of the 17th African Union Summit at the Sipopo Conference Center, outside Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, (file photo June 30, 2011).

Guinea-Bissau President Malam Bacai Sanha listens during a session of the 17th African Union Summit at the Sipopo Conference Center, outside Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, (file photo June 30, 2011).

Guinea-Bissau's president is receiving medical treatment in Senegal, renewing concern about the ailing leader's health.

Officials confirmed to VOA (Portuguese to Africa Service) Thursday that President Malam Bacai Sanha is being treated at a hospital in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.

Sanha has made multiple trips to Senegal, France, and Portugal for medical care since taking office in September 2009.

Guinea-Bissau officials will not reveal what caused the latest hospitalization but expressed hope Thursday that the president will return home soon.

The 64-year-old Sanha is known to have diabetes, as well as trouble with hemoglobin levels in his blood. He missed official events in Guinea-Bissau this week before going to Dakar on Tuesday.

Sanha was elected in July 2009 to replace President Joao Bernardo Vieira, who was assassinated four months earlier.

Guinea-Bissau has a history of coup attempts and instability since winning independence from Portugal in 1975.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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