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Former West German Chancellor Released from Hospital

May 15, 1992

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) _ Former West German chancellor Willy Brandt has left a hospital where he was treated for abdominal pains, an official said Friday.

Wolfgang Mathies, spokesman for the Cologne University Clinic, said the 78- year-old Brandt left the clinic Thursday evening after a five-day stay. He said Brandt was ″feeling well,″ but would not elaborate on his condition.

Brandt underwent surgery in October to remove a tumor from his colon.

The Cologne Express newspaper reported Friday that Brandt had complained of pains in his lower abdomen when he was hospitalized last Sunday.

On Thursday, the mass-circulation newspaper Bild reported Brandt had been transferred to intensive care during the week and at one point ″was fighting for his life.″ The hospital denied the report.

Brandt was chancellor of West Germany from 1969 to 1974. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971 for his efforts to ease East-West tensions.

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