73-year-old Netanyahu leaves hospital after heart surgery

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73-year-old Netanyahu leaves hospital after heart surgery

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was released from the hospital on Monday after heart surgery.

This happened hours before a key parliamentary vote on his planned judicial reforms.

A government spokesperson said the 73-year-old leader had left the Sheba Clinic near Tel Aviv.

During the weekend, he was fitted with a pacemaker (a small, battery-powered device that prevents the heart from beating too slowly).

Mr Netanyahu’s release came ahead of a crucial vote on a core part of his divisive judicial restructuring, scheduled for later Monday in the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem.

While in the hospital, Mr Netanyahu met with opposition leader Yair Lapid as part of efforts by President Isaac Herzog to reach a last-minute compromise ahead of the vote.

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