Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was recovering in a hospital Friday after undergoing a successful hip replacement operation, which is likely to put a temporary halt to his frequent international trips but otherwise not disrupt his activities, Report informs via The Colombian.
Dr. Roberto Kalil told journalists Friday that the leftist leader would soon be transferred to his room at the Hospital Sirio-Libanes in the capital, Brasilia, after successful surgery.
Lula, 77, is expected to spend a few days in the hospital and to return to the presidential palace early next week. He also underwent minor eyelid surgery, Kalil said.
The government had said Lula would remain president throughout instead of temporarily passing authority to Vice President Geraldo Alckmin.
“The impact of Lula’s surgery will probably be small and should not affect the decision-making process or negotiations in a significant way,” said Paulo Calmon, a political science professor at the University of Brasilia.