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19 December, 2005 - Published 15:45 GMT
Israel's Prime Minister in hospital
Israel's Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, was taken to hospital in Jerusalem last night. He's said to have suffered a mild stroke. But with Israel's general election only three months away, the question now is whether Mr Sharon's health will be a problem. This report from James Menendez:
A hospital spokesman told the BBC that Ariel Sharon had a comfortable night at the Hadassah hospital here in Jerusalem. He's now awake and undergoing further tests and scans, the spokesman said. Mr Sharon was brought into hospital last night and found to have suffered a mild stroke. He's expected to stay for at least another day or so while he undergoes treatment.
The prime minister's political advisors have been keen to stress that he's still running the government and that there's no question of him resigning. But there's little chance that the issue of Ariel Sharon's health will now go away. Israel's general election is just three months away - an election which Mr Sharon recently announced he would fight for a new political party: Kadima. Up until now, Ariel Sharon has been Kadima's biggest electoral asset. He won't want to become a political liability.
a comfortable night
a mild stroke
at least another day or so
keen to stress that
Kadima's biggest electoral asset
a political liability