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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Doctors Call Sharon's Stroke Minor

JERUSALEM -- Despite suffering a mild stroke, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon does not have any major health problems and will be released from the hospital on Tuesday, his doctors said Monday.

Sharon never lost consciousness and the stroke caused no damage, Dr. Tamir Ben-Hur said, adding that Sharon was competent to perform his activities as prime minister.

Sharon was admitted to Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital late Sunday after complaining of weakness. Doctors said he had suffered a mild stroke. He had trouble speaking temporarily, but suffered no permanent damage, they said.

"The problem was very small, not neurological or cognitive problems," said Ben-Hur, who was Sharon's neurologist. "We want him to rest, and that is one of the reasons that he is staying until tomorrow."

Doctors recommended that Sharon, who is extremely overweight, go on a diet.

Sharon joked with aides and discussed affairs of state Monday, but his illness raised questions about his ability to lead the country if elected to a third term in March. It also left his new centrist Kadima Party scrambling. Without the popular 77-year-old Sharon, Kadima would not likely amount to much.