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Zambia President Edgar Lungu has been discharged from a Pretoria hospital, the Presidency announced.

President Lungu was taken to South Africa for further medical attention after collapsing at a public function.

A statement issued by the President’s spokesman, Mr Amos Chanda, said: “President Lungu has today [Saturday] been discharged after specialist doctors certified him fit to resume full duties.”

The President underwent a successful medical procedure Friday and was working on arrangements for his return to Lusaka, added the statement.

President Lungu collapsed during the International Women’s Day celebrations in Lusaka for what his office said was the narrowing of the gullet, traces of malaria and fatigue.

He was briefly admitted to a military hospital in Lusaka before his doctors said he required specialised treatment, which was currently unavailable in Zambia.

His openness about his sickness has been widely praised, but a local daily The Post ran editorials advising the Head of State to control his drinking habits, given he was suffering from diabetes, much to the chagrin of the government.