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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Niyazov Set for Surgery

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -- The president of the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov, is to undergo heart surgery in Germany, state television reported.

"Medical experts decided it was necessary for the president to undergo a medical operation on his heart," a newscaster announced Sunday on state television, saying the 57-year-old leader had left for Germany last Wednesday.

The state channel did not give any further details of Niyazov's heart problem and did not say where in Germany the operation would take place.