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Trinidad-Tobago Pm Ok After Heart Surgery

Prime Minister Basdeo Panday underwent heart surgery in London on Saturday to remove cholesterol that was blocking a blood vessel in his heart.

The operation lasted about an hour, and government officials said Panday, 63, was in good condition afterward in London’s Cromwell Hospital.

Panday, who took office last month, was hospitalized Dec. 17 and diagnosed as having angina pectoris, a cramping pain in the chest caused most often by a sudden decrease of oxygen to the heart.

Panday is Trinidad and Tobago’s first prime minister of East Indian descent.

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