Libyan leader undergoes hernia operation

2012-05-07 15:52  Benghazi - Libya's interim leader, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, has undergone a successful hernia operation and is in good condition, doctors told AFP on Monday.

"The operation, which was very simple and lasted no more than a few minutes, was a success," said doctor Jamel al-Talhi.

Talhi said Abdel Jalil was in "good health" after the Saturday operation and needed just a couple of days rest under medical supervision.

Abdel Jalil was admitted on Friday to the hospital in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi after suffering a drop of blood pressure which he and doctors attributed to work-related stress.

The former justice minister was an early defector of Muammar Gaddafi's regime and led the nation through last year's war.

Abdel Jalil has threatened to quit if elections for a constituent assembly, which are scheduled for June, are not held on time.