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Left's Lafontaine tipped for comeback after cancer surgery

DPA/The Local · 20 Dec 2009, 17:38

Published: 20 Dec 2009 17:38 GMT+01:00

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“The signs are there will be a comeback,” an unnamed senior party member told the daily in comments previewed Sunday.

News magazine Der Spiegel reported that Lafontaine, 66, was widely expected within the senior ranks of the party to return to his role as chairman. The Left won 11.9 percent of the vote in the 2009 federal election, delivering it 76 seats in the lower house or Bundestag.

Lafontaine said before the surgery that he would review his health situation early in then new year and make a decision about his future then.

He is expected to attend a meeting of the party’s parliamentary group on January 11, where he plans to outline his political future.

However a party spokesman on Sunday refused to confirm this.

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The charismatic politician, who is also a member of the Bundestag, underwent surgery on November 19 for prostate cancer and has not been seen at public engagements since.

Frankfurter Rundschau reported that Lafontaine had attended meetings of The Left parliamentary group in his home state of Saarland in recent weeks.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

03:34 December 21, 2009 by Davey-jo
Can't wait .... no, really I can't wait. Come Oscar, get out of sick bed and save the world. It's your destiny.
15:16 December 22, 2009 by Hibernicus
Best wishes to Mr Lafontaine and success to his political career. Germany needs straight-talking politicians like him. If he was Chancellor you wouldn't be involved in the disgraceful imperialist adventure in Afghanistan.
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