Former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez admitted to hospital

The 81-year-old, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, has a respiratory infection

Suárez in his office in 1991.
Suárez in his office in 1991.TXEMA CONESA

Former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez was admitted to hospital on Monday with a respiratory infection, a “regular” occurrence as a result of the Alzheimer's disease from which he suffers, sources close to him have confirmed.

Medical staff are to make the most of the 81-year-old’s hospital stay to carry out a general check on the state of his health, the sources said.

Suárez’s family said they would continue their commitment to passing on information about any changes in the health of the man, who as leader of the Union of the Democratic Center grouping in 1977, became Spain’s first prime minister after the transition to democracy that followed the death of Francisco Franco.

The last time Suárez was in hospital was in December 2012.

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