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Ter-Petrosian Cancer Surgery ‘Successful’


Armenia - Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian and his political allies lay flowers at the site of the 2008 post-eleciton unrest in Yerevan, 1Mar2015.

Armenia - Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian and his political allies lay flowers at the site of the 2008 post-eleciton unrest in Yerevan, 1Mar2015.

Former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s life is no longer in danger after he underwent surgery for bowel cancer in the United States, his press secretary said on Wednesday.

Arman Musinian said the two surgeons, who operated on Ter-Petrosian at Glendale Memorial Hospital in California on January 15, examined his condition on Tuesday.

“They voiced satisfaction with the course of Ter-Petrosian’s convalescence and assured that the life and physical condition of the first president of Armenia will not be in danger for the next 20 years,” Musinian said in a statement.

“Ter-Petrosian plans to return to Yerevan within two or three weeks,” he added.

Ter-Petrosian, 71, was reportedly discharged from the California clinic on Sunday. His spokesman said afterwards that he is staying “at relatives’ home” in the U.S.

Ter-Petrosian governed Armenia from 1991-1998 and was the main opposition candidate in the February 2008 presidential election marred by fraud allegations and a bloody government crackdown on his supporters. His Armenian National Congress (HAK) is one of the country’s leading opposition parties.

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