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Peres Running Back to Work after Operation

The indefatigable President Shimon Peres, who turns 89 in August, intends to get back on the job Sunday after a hernia operation Friday.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 5/13/2012, 8:45 AM

Peres in Montreal last week
Peres in Montreal last week
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The indefatigable President Shimon Peres, who turns 89 in August, intends to get back on the job Sunday after a hernia operation Friday.

"President Peres will begin to conduct work meetings today at his residence and is expected to return to a full work schedule later this week," according his spokeswoman Ayelet Frish.

The hernia was discovered during his tour in Canada last week, and he was hospitalized in Israel shortly after his return to Israel Thursday. President Peres' personal doctor examined him during the trip, which continued on schedule. Canadian officials did not know of his condition.

President Shimon Peres underwent surgery on Friday afternoon to treat a hernia in his abdomen. His office said that the President was “feeling well” after the operation.

"The operation was fully successful and the president is awake and feeling well," Frish said after the procedure. "President Peres will remain at Tel HaShomer hospital over the weekend and is expected to be released on Sunday," she added.

Peres was elected president in 2007, capping a career of public service that now stretches more than five decades since he was first elected as a Labor party Knesset member in 1959.

During his visit to Canada, Peres met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair and other government officials. He visited Montreal and on Wednesday, he delivered a speech to the Jewish community in Toronto after meeting with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.