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South African Ex-President De Klerk Discharged After Lung Ailment

South African former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner FW de Klerk was discharged from a three-night hospital stay after recovering from a lung ailment, his foundation said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: South Africa’s former president Frederik Willem de Klerk arrives at a news conference one day ahead of the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Warsaw October 20, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo

De Klerk, 82, was hospitalized over the weekend for treatment of pneumothorax, “an abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall”.

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“Former President FW de Klerk was discharged from Panorama Mediclinic in Cape Town this afternoon, following a successful procedure on Saturday,” his foundation said in a statement.

De Klerk was South Africa’s last white president, and became a Nobel laureate jointly with his successor, Nelson Mandela, in 1993 for overseeing its transition from apartheid rule.

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