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Israel’s Sharon to be moved to long-term care

/ Source: The Associated Press

Ariel Sharon, comatose since suffering a massive stroke in January, will be moved to a long-term care facility after elections later this month, Israeli Channel 10 TV reported Friday.

The Israeli prime minister will be moved to the Sheba Medical Center outside Tel Aviv, Channel 10 said, quoting hospital officials.

Doctors have said that every day Sharon, 78, fails to regain consciousness, his chances for recovery diminish. Sharon has had seven operations, including three brain surgeries, since the Jan. 4 stroke.

But the popular leader stars in campaign ads for the Kadima party he founded just weeks before suffering the stroke.

Despite Sharon’s absence, the centrist party is expected to win a March 28 election with acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at the helm.