Israel's former president Peres 'in serious condition' in hospital after stroke

Israel's former president and prime minister Shimon Peres is 'in serious condition' at a hospital after suffering a stroke, his office said Tuesday.

Israeli media said Peres was sedated and on a respirator at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, outside Tel Aviv.

“The 9th President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, has been admitted to the Sheba Medical Center (Tel Hashomer) after suffering a stroke,” his office said, according to the Times of Israel.

It was initially reported that his condition was stable and he was fully conscious.

Earlier in September, Peres received an artificial pacemaker. He also suffered a mild heart attack in January and surgery to open a blocked artery. Peres had been hospitalized twice after suffering chest pains, the Times of Israel reported.

Peres, 93, has held nearly every senior political office in Israel over a 55-year political career, including three terms as prime minister as well as posts as foreign minister and finance minister. He stays active through his nongovernmental Peres Center for Peace, which promotes coexistence between Arabs and Jews, according to the Times of Israel.

He won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in reaching an interim peace agreement with the Palestinians. As president he developed an image as the country's elder statesman and became a popular figure at events like the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Associated Press reported.



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