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Doctors: Indian PM Doing Well After Heart Surgery

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Surgeons in New Delhi say India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is recovering well following coronary bypass surgery on Saturday.

One of the surgeons who operated on Mr. Singh said the prime minister's breathing tube has been removed, and the 76-year-old was breathing on his own Sunday.

Doctors say Mr. Singh is eager to get back to work, and they estimate he will be able to resume his full duties within four weeks.

Lead cardiologist Ramakant Panda said Saturday that a team of eleven physicians participated in the day-long operation.

Doctors decided to operate on Mr. Singh after he complained of chest pains and tests revealed several blocked arteries. Mr. Singh underwent a similar operation in Britain in 1990.


No acting prime minister has been named and government officials said that until Mr. Singh recovers there will be collective decision-making by the Cabinet chaired by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

The surgery came as India prepares for national elections scheduled for May.

Mr. Singh's Congress Party says he will continue as prime minister if the ruling coalition wins the May vote. But some of his coalition partners have signaled they may back other candidates for the post.

The real political power in the governing Congress Party is said to rest with Sonia Gandhi, widow of the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Political analysts say Mrs. Gandhi may be compelled to promote her 38-year-old son, Rahul, as Mr. Singh's successor if the prime minister's health becomes a concern during the upcoming election campaign.

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