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26 February 2024

Timor president serious but stable after third operation

By Agencies


East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta underwent his third operation Wednesday since being gunned down two days ago and remained in a serious but stable condition, a hospital official said.

The spokeswoman would not elaborate on the procedures carried out but said doctors were "pleased" with the progress of the 58-year-old Nobel peace laureate, who received multiple gunshot wounds in the assassination attempt.

"Royal Darwin Hospital is very pleased with his progress," she told AFP.

"He is still serious but in a stable condition."

Ramos-Horta was shot in the chest and back by renegade soldiers at his home on Monday and underwent surgery in Dili before being evacuated here in an induced coma.

Doctors then performed a further operation on his bullet wounds lasting more than two hours.

The president, who was shot up to three times, is expected to remain in the intensive care ward for at least a week. While his wounds are described as extremely serious, surgeons here expect him to make a full recovery.

Meanwhile, an East Timorese soldier injured during the shoot-out at Ramos-Horta's home was flown to Darwin on Wednesday for treatment of severe head injuries. (AFP)