Odinga leaves hospital after op

NAIROBI - Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga was discharged from hospital yesterday after a minor operation to relieve pressure on his brain.

NAIROBI - Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga was discharged from hospital yesterday after a minor operation to relieve pressure on his brain.

Odinga, 65, planted a commemorative tree and gave a brief speech outside the hospital, thanking doctors, his family and the general public for their support.

The operation forced Odinga to break off the campaign for a new constitution being carried out by the grand coalition government he leads with President Mwai Kibaki.

They are pushing for a yes vote in an August 4 referendum.

Newspapers said Odinga was expected to rest at home for two weeks before returning to work.

The "no" campaign is led by higher education minister Willian Ruto, several MPs and church leaders who are opposed to the entrenchment of Muslim kadhi courts in the draft and a clause allowing abortion under certain circumstances. - Reuters

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