Papandreou to leave hospital by Friday

Opposition leader George Papandreou was in good health yesterday after being rushed to hospital with pneumonia on Monday, and is expected to be discharged by the end of the week, doctors said. Papandreou, 52, was described as reacting well to treatment with antibiotics for what one of his three doctors, Athens University Professor Eleni Yiamarellou, said was a bout of «typical pneumonia.» The chairman of the PASOK socialist party and former foreign minister was taken to the Attiko Hospital in Haidari, western Athens, after suffering from a high temperature for three days following a brief holiday in Crete. Health Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis, who visited Papandreou in hospital yesterday, said the opposition leader should be out in two or three days. «He was in a good mood, we talked and joked together,» Kaklamanis said.

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