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Atambaev's Office Says Kyrgyz President May Return To Work On October 1

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev, who is being examined by doctors for potential heart problems, is not expected to return to work before October 1, his office says.

Atambaev, 60, is currently staying at a hotel in Istanbul, a September 20 statement said, adding that his hospitalization "is not being discussed."

Separately, Atambayev's chief of staff, Farid Niyazov, described the Kyrgyz leader's condition as satisfactory.

On September 19, Atambaev's press service announced that the president had canceled a trip to New York to attend the UN General Assembly after suffering "chest pains" during the flight.

It said that "according to the doctors' preliminary conclusion" Atambaev was found to have symptoms of heart problems.

Atambaev has led the country since 2011.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax