The year 2012 has not been a healthy year for many of the world leaders that we have grown to know and respect. Leaders passing away this year include Kiro Gligorov the first democratically elected president of Macedonia who served from 1991 until 1999. Inder Kumar Gujral was prime minister of India from 1997 to 1998. Yitzhak Shamir was prime minister of Israel from 1983-84 and from 1988 to 1992. Norodom Sihanouk was King of Cambodia, prime minister and monarch in exile. Meles Zenawi, who became prime minister of Ethiopia in 1991 also passed away this year. In addition, four major former world leaders remain in the hospital.
Former United States President George H. W. Bush remains in the hospital with a high fever. This kept him hospitalized over Christmas and has gotten worse according to his spokesperson Jim McGrath. The 88-year-old was brought to the Methodist Hospital in Houston in November with bronchitis and a stubborn cough. He is the forty-first president and the oldest living president. He is known for having been shot down over the Pacific in World War II while a naval aviator. He has been moved to intensive care and put on a liquid diet.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela 94-years-old has been released after spending Christmas in the hospital he has been returned home. According to CNN he was treated for a lung infection and received surgery for gall stones. Mandela is known as being a champion for democracy and human rights. During apartheid in South Africa he was convicted of sabotage for trying to bring an end to apartheid. Nelson Mandela, Rolihlahla, son of a Chief was convicted for life in 1964 and imprisoned for 27 years most of them spent in harsh conditions on Robben Island. He was finally released in 1990 at the age of 71-years. He was known as prisoner 46664 and later served as South Africa’s first Black President from 1994 to 1999. Nelson Mandela is receiving care at his Johannesburg residence. Jacob Zuma, spokesman for the President reported that he is “looking much better” and “in good spirits”.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher spent Christmas in an undisclosed hospital in London. The 94-year-old had a bladder operation to remove a small growth according to her spokesperson, Tim Bell. Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s first female prime minister. The conservative served three terms from 1979 to 1991. During her time as prime minister she is known for cutting social welfare programs, reducing trade union power and privatizing industries according to bio.com. Her spokeswoman reveals “she is doing absolutely fine” (CNN).
The former President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, was transferred to a military hospital from a Cairo prison where he is serving a life sentence for failing to prevent the killing of protestors during the 18-day revolt in 2011. He was admitted to the hospital for scans after a fall in his prison bathroom. Earlier in the year he fell into a coma. His present condition is unknown according to The Telegraph.
We wish all the former world leaders a speedy recovery and a healthy and happy new year! Please add your wishes in the comments section below.