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South African president in hospital

South African president Jacob Zuma has been admitted to hospital for tests.

Mr Zuma's office said that doctors are satisfied with his condition after he was taken to hospital.

A statement said the 72-year-old was advised on Friday to rest following a demanding election season and the consequent shaping of his new administration.

The announcement came two weeks after Mr Zuma was inaugurated for a second five-year term following the election victory last month of the ruling African National Congress party.

In a separate statement on Friday, Mr Zuma's office said the president would take a few days off from public engagements while continuing to perform official duties from home.

Mr Zuma, a former anti-apartheid activist, was inaugurated on May 24 in a ceremony marked by dance, prayer, a 21-gun salute and air force fly-pasts.

In a speech, he said South Africa was a better place to live in than it was in 1994 but that poverty, unemployment and other problems persist.


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