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Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori accompanied by his son Kenji Fujimori (R) leaves the Centenario hospital in Lima, Peru, January 4, 2018. Eddy Ramos/Agencia Andina Handout via REUTERS

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LIMA (Reuters) - Alberto Fujimori, Peru's former authoritarian president who was freed from a 25-year prison sentence with a humanitarian pardon last Christmas Eve, was hospitalized with heart problems on Sunday, his doctor told local newspaper El Comercio.

Images broadcast by television station Canal N showed Fujimori, 79, waving his hand from the inside of a truck upon arriving at the Centenario clinic in Lima together with his son Kenji.

Fujimori had previously been hospitalized from late December through Jan. 5 for heart problems, including high blood pressure and arrhythmia.

"He is going to have some checks done because although he has progressed favourably these seven days, he is not totally stable. He has short periods of arrhythmia," his lead doctor, Alejandro Aguinaga, told El Comercio.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski cited Fujimori's health in pardoning him for convictions on human rights violations and graft charges less than halfway through a 25-year prison sentence. Kuczynski's decision, which was widely seen as a political manoeuvre to avoid being ousted by Congress, triggered cabinet resignations and large protests.

(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Editing by Nick Zieminski; Writing by Luc Cohen)

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