|Sharon out of danger
JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's condition improved after an emergency operation on Saturday and he was out of immediate danger, a hospital source said.
"The operation has ended
and he is out of danger," the senior source said. The hospital was due
to give a statement at 1500 GMT. A spokeswoman at Jerusalem's Hadassah
hospital had earlier confirmed that the four-hour operation had been completed
but gave no further details. Hospital officials had earlier said that the
77-year-old Sharon's life was in danger after he suffered severe damage
to his digestive system.
Hospital spokesman Ron Krumer
had said a CT scan had revealed "serious damage to the prime minister's
digestive system" and he was being taken for emergency surgery.
Long reviled in the Arab world but increasingly regarded as a peacemaker by the West, Sharon suffered his stroke at a crucial juncture in Israeli politics, as he was fighting for re-election on a promise to end conflict with the Palestinians.
His deputy, Ehud Olmert, was named interim prime minister and experts said they did not expect Sharon to make a recovery and return to office.
Opinion polls predict the centrist Kadima party, which Sharon founded after a rebellion in his right-wing Likud over Israel's Gaza pullout, will easily win the March 28 general election with Olmert at its helm.
Sharon, a hefty ex-general, has for decades been a key figure in shaping the West Asia, voicing in recent years support for a Palestinian state but demanding the disarming of Palestinian militant groups before peace talks could resume.
Sharon suffered his stroke a day.
Ariel Sharon suffers brain
A television channel reported
that the premier had also suffered from paralysis in his lower body, while
analysts on TV stations said Sharon's life could be in danger.
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