Martelly recovering from blood clot

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IOL pic apr19 haiti michel martelly Reuters (File image) Haitian President Michel Martelly

Miami - Haitian President Michel Martelly is in a stable condition at a Miami hospital where he is recovering from a blood clot in his lung caused by recent shoulder surgery, the Haitian government said on Wednesday.

Martelly flew to Miami on Monday to undergo tests for pulmonary embolism, the sudden blockage of an artery in the lung.

The Haitian president is “evolving well”, a statement from the presidential office said. It did not say when Martelly planned to return home.

Martelly, 51, cancelled plans to attend the Summit of the Americas over the weekend in Cartagena, Colombia. The decision came two weeks after he had surgery on his right shoulder in Miami.

The statement said Martelly was in regular contact with his Cabinet and other officials in Haiti.

Martelly's government has been without a prime minister since February. Last week, Haiti's Senate approved his nomination to replace Garry Conille, who stepped down after just four months on the job amid a dispute with Martelly over earthquake reconstruction contracts.

The appointment of Laurent Lamothe, who is currently Haiti's foreign minister and a former telecommunications entrepreneur, is still pending approval by the lower house of parliament. - Reuters

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