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Slovakia's Prime Minister and leader of Smer party Robert Fico leaves after a live broadcast of a debate after the country's parliamentary election, in Bratislava, Slovakia, in this March 6, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/David W Cerny/Files


BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was admitted to hospital for an unscheduled heart examination on Thursday and has cancelled a visit to the Czech Republic, his spokeswoman said.

Fico had cancelled an appearance at a court hearing on Tuesday for health reasons, though he attended a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and presented the cabinet's agenda afterwards without any visible health problems.

"The prime minister is undergoing medical examinations at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases," spokeswoman Beatrice Szaboova said. "We cancelled today's visit to the Czech Republic due to health reasons."

She gave no further details.

Fico, 51 is a regular jogger and plays football. He has a history of spinal problems and sports-related injuries but no known heart issues.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said Fico did not call an ambulance but arrived there himself.

He was appointed prime minister for the third time last month following an election won by his leftist Smer party.

(Reporting by Tatiana Jancarikova; Editing by Jan Lopatka and John Stonestreet)


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