Mexican president undergoes surgery

Mexico City - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto underwent a successful surgery to remove a benign thyroid nodule on Wednesday and he will rest for the next four days, his office and doctor said.

The 47-year-old leader, who took office in December, was in the operating room for almost two hours and was taken to his room at the Central Military Hospital afterward, where he was awake, said presidential chief of staff Aurelio Nuno Mayer.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. File photo: AFP. Credit: AFP

“We are happy - everything went well, as had been planned,” Nuno Mayer told a news conference.

Pena Nieto will rest at the hospital for two days and then continue the last two days of his convalescence at the Los Pinos presidential residence, where he will have private work meetings, he said.

Pena had told reporters last week the nodule was detected seven years ago.

“I've just been putting it off and I think now is a good time to have it done on the recommendation of my doctors,” he said last Thursday.