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Kilis' heart surgery successful; minister to return to work in three weeks

Roberts Kilis. Photo: Evija Trifanova.
 Riga, Dec 13 – Minister of Education and Science Roberts Kilis' heart surgery today was successful, the minister's representative Reinis Tukiss informed LETA.
During the surgery today, Kilis had a coronary stent implanted in an artery; the operation was successful and there were no complications.
The minister will now require a recovery period of two-three months, said Tukiss. However, taking into account that Christmas is near and that the quiet period has begun in politics, Kilis' absence should not have a great effect on the developments in Latvia. The minister is not considering resigning, added Tukiss.
During the minister's absence, the Education and Science Ministry's work has not come to a halt, said Tukiss – talks were held with nine universities regarding a more rational distribution of budget funds, an audit company was selected for examining the assessment of universities and colleges' curricula, a commission for accreditation of universities' study programs was approved, and other measures were taken.
As reported, Kilis has been off for more than two weeks due to health problems. His representatives previously said that the minister had problems with blood pressure.
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