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Shimon Peres leaves hospital in Israel after mild heart attack

Published 19/01/2016

Shimon Peres has left hospital
Shimon Peres has left hospital

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres has been discharged from hospital after suffering a mild heart attack.

Mr Peres, 92, thanked well-wishers after checking out of Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv.

He said he was "happy to return to work and excited to serve the country".

Mr Peres completed his seven-year term as president in 2014 but remains in the public eye.

He is still active through his non-governmental Peres Centre for Peace, which promotes coexistence between Arabs and Jews and peace and development in the Middle East.

In a seven-decade political career, Mr Peres also served three brief stints as prime minister.

Mr Peres was rushed to the hospital last week after experiencing chest pains.

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