June 29, 2010 / 10:14 AM / 9 years ago

Doctors perform minor surgery on Kenya PM Odinga

Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga speaks at the Oslo Climate and Forest Conference May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Hakon Mosvold Larsen/Scanpix

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga has undergone minor surgery at a hospital in the capital to relieve pressure built up around his brain, a statement from the hospital said on Tuesday.

His office had earlier said he had been admitted to the hospital on Monday evening after he felt generally exhausted, and that doctors had prescribed complete bed rest.

Doctors said he was also complaining of headache and he told them he had hit himself against a car door a few weeks ago.

“Following examination and initial investigations, he was found to have a buildup of pressure outside the brain, leading to the headache,” said a statement signed by the chief executive of The Nairobi Hospital, Dr. Cleopa Mailu.

“It was necessary to carry out a minor procedure on the left side of the head to relieve the pressure. The procedure has been carried out successfully and the prime minister is doing fine,” the hospital said in the statement.

On top of day-to-day work in his office, Odinga has travelled to Britain, France, South Africa and Egypt in recent weeks while also traversing Kenya, campaigning for the adoption of a proposed new constitution.

Together with President Mwai Kibaki, Odinga leads the grand coalition government that was formed in 2008 to end weeks of bloodshed that followed a disputed presidential election. Both leaders are backing the new constitution.

Voters go to a referendum on August 4 to decide whether to adopt the proposed new constitution, which is seen as important to securing investor confidence in the region’s largest economy.

Opposition to the draft is led by Higher Education Minister William Ruto, several lawmakers and church leaders who are unhappy over two clauses in the draft that will enshrine Muslim Kadhi courts in the constitution and legalise abortion under certain circumstances.

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