Mexican president’s thyroid surgery successful

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A top aide says the surgery on President Enrique Pena Nieto to remove a thyroid nodule went smoothly and exactly as planned.

Chief-of-Staff Aurelio Nuno says Pena Nieto is awake and has returned to his room in the Central Military Hospital.

Surgeon Brig. Gen. Juan Sanchez said Wednesday there was no evidence of malignancy in the node.

Nuno said the surgery took less than two hours. Pena Nieto, 47, will take four days of recovery and hold private work meetings.

He has not designated anyone to act in his place during that time.

Mexico’s Constitution says nothing about such brief periods of incapacity.

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