Former S. African president FW de Klerk discharged from hospital

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-30 04:05:55|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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CAPE TOWN, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate FW de Klerk has been discharged from hospital after undergoing an operation, his foundation announced on Monday.

FW de Klerk was discharged from Panorama Mediclinic in Cape Town Monday afternoon, following a successful procedure on Saturday to treat pneumothorax, the foundation said.

FW de Klerk, 82, was hospitalized on Friday with a condition known as pneumothorax - which is an abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall.

"Mr and Mrs De Klerk, as well as the Foundation, would like to express their sincere thanks for all the good wishes and messages of support they have received over the past few days," a foundation statement said.

As South Africa's last apartheid head of state, FW de Klerk and his government dismantled the apartheid system and introduced universal suffrage. He and Nelson Mandela, who later became South Africa's first black president, shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.