New Zealand deputy PM takes medical leave after food poisoning, says report

New Zealand’s deputy prime minister Winston Peters speaks during a press conference at Parliament in Kuala Lumpur March 27, 2019. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
New Zealand’s deputy prime minister Winston Peters speaks during a press conference at Parliament in Kuala Lumpur March 27, 2019. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

SYDNEY, July 9 — New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will take medical leave to undergo surgery after suffering from a bout of food poisoning, local media reported today.

“This is an unexpected medical event and of course unexpected timing. However the doctor's advice on having surgery needs to be followed,” the New Zealand Herald reported quoting Peters.

Peters, 75, will have a post-operative period of recuperation at home, the report said.

The deputy prime minister's office did not immediately respond to a request for comments. — Reuters

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