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Hillary Clinton reschedules Africa trip

March 15, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Hillary Rodham Clinton rescheduled her trip to Africa to spend more time with President Clinton, who remained hospitalized Saturday while recovering from knee surgery.

Mrs. Clinton is now scheduled to leave with daughter Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, the first lady’s spokesman Neil Lattimore said.

``Mrs. Clinton wants to be with her husband as long as possible,″ said Lattimore. ``She will pick up her schedule on Monday. No events have been canceled.″

The first lady was scheduled initially to leave Saturday for Senegal, the first leg of a six-country Africa tour. She delayed it until Sunday morning after the president, in Florida for a speaking engagement and a golf game, tripped and fell before dawn Friday and tore a tendon in his right knee. The surgery was at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland Friday afternoon.

Lattimore said the departure was delayed again Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday. Mrs. Clinton and her daughter will arrive in Senegal at 2 a.m. local time Monday (7 a.m. EST). They are expected back in the United States on March 30.

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