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Ex-Malaysian PM Mahathir admitted to hospital

Malaysian former prime minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad has been taken to hospital.

A spokesperson for Dr Mahathir said on Saturday that the 96-year-old statesman was admitted to the cardiac care unit at the National Heart Institute, but gave no details.

This is the second time the two-time Malaysian premier, who is still an active lawmaker, has been admitted to the hospital this month.

He was discharged after what was described as a successful elective medical procedure last week.

The National Heart Institute did not say at the time what procedure Dr Mahathir, who has a history of heart problems, had undergone.

In December, he was admitted and discharged after his doctors said they were satisfied with the results of necessary investigations.

Dr Mahathir, a politician who famously served as Malaysia’s prime minister from 1981 to 2003, presided over the country’s transition to the prosperous tiger economy for which it has become internationally renowned.

Four years ago, a nostalgic nation re-elected him prime minister at the age of 92.

Writing by Tony Okerafor