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Former Australian PM Hawke hospitalised

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke has been admitted to hospital for pneumonia but was recovering, the hospital said on Wednesday.

world Updated: Jun 23, 2011 14:03 IST

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke has been admitted to hospital for pneumonia but was recovering, the hospital said on Wednesday.

The 81-year-old, who was leader for eight years until the end of 1991, making him Australia's longest serving Labor prime minister, was hospitalised last week after picking up a virus on an international flight.

A statement from St Vincent's Private Hospital in Sydney said Hawke was "sitting up in bed recovering from pneumonia".