Gentiloni to be discharged from hospital on Saturday

Rome, Jan 14 (IANS/AKI) Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni is due to leave a Rome hospital on Saturday and will chair a cabinet meeting in the capital that day, sources told Adnkronos.

Gentiloni underwent an emergency heart operation on Tuesday at Rome’s Policlinico Gemelli hospital to unblock a blood vessel after he complained of discomfort on his return to Rome from an official visit to Paris.

The 62-year-old premier had to cancel meetings in London on Thursday with British prime minister Theresa May and on Friday in Rome with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas after his angioplasty procedure.

Doctors at the Policlinico Gemelli described Gentiloni’s heart operation as “a complete success” and on Wednesday the premier tweeted he was “well” and would return to work shortly.

Gentiloni was appointed premier on 12 December to replace Matteo Renzi, who resigned after a crushing defeat on planned constitutional reforms to streamline Italy’s lawmaking.

Meanwhile, Renzi on Friday visited premier Paolo Gentiloni in a Rome hospital. Gentiloni was foreign minister in Renzi’s almost 22-month-long government.