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Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir addresses the nation during the country’s 61st independence day, at the presidential palace in Khartoum, Sudan December 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Khartoum- Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir left hospital after undergoing a minor heart surgery on Wednesday evening, state news agency SUNA said on Thursday.

“The Presidency confirmed that (Al Bashir) … has undergone an exploratory cardiac catheterization at Royal Care hospital on Wednesday and the results were very reassuring,” a presidency official told the news agency, adding that the president left the hospital immediately after the procedure.

Well-informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that President Al Bashir was rushed into Royal Care International Hospital, located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. After that, Al Bashir was put under extensive testing and a cardiac catheterization, with reassuring results. The President then left hospital grounds the same night.

Physicians have recommended that Al Bashir rests for a short period of time, saying that the incident was a result of continued stress over the last few days.

Al Bashir is one of the continent’s longest serving leaders. He came to power through a coup in 1989 and has since ruled the country.

The decision to use a local hospital by Bashir is likely to be lauded by many who continually criticize African leaders who seek medical attention abroad, part due to the poor conditions local medical facilities face.

Cardiac catheterization is connected with the insertion of a thin flexible tube into the heart to permit introduction or withdrawal of fluids or to keep the passageway open.

As of Wednesday evening, Sudanese officials over social media said that the president’s medical condition called on his visit to the hospital.