Egyptian prime minister leaves hospital after "check-ups"

Arab World Materials 19 July 2011 14:31 (UTC +04:00)

Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has left a hospital in Cairo after a brief stay, state TV reported Tuesday.

He left after having check-ups, the TV report quoted Mohamed Hegazi, a spokesman for the cabinet, as saying, DPA reported.

Sharaf, 59, was taken to the hospital Monday night after suffering a drop in blood pressure, according to official TV.

"Dr Sharaf felt exhausted while in his office Monday evening after a hard day of working on forming a new cabinet," said Hegazy.

It was the second time for Sharaf to be hospitalized since he was appointed in late March.

Sharaf has been in the process of reshuffling his cabinet for almost a week.

He has been under pressure from Egyptian protesters to replace members of his government who served under ousted president Hosny Mubarak or had links with the formerly ruling National Democratic Party.