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Malaga mayor Francisco de la Torre in hospital after suffering a stroke

Francisco de la Torre.
Francisco de la Torre. / Salvador Salas
  • The veteran PP politician, 77, was taken to the Clínica Chip on Saturday afternoon where he will undergo an operation

The mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, was taken to hospital on Saturday afternoon after suffering a stroke. The incident occurred at around noon at his family home, where he has been confined for the mostpart of the nationwide state of alarm.

The 77-year-old is in a stable but serious condition and didn't lose consciousness at any point, it has been reported.

The incident was confirmed this afternoon through a statement issued by Malaga city hall. In it, it explained that De la Torre had been transferred to the Clínica Chip private clinic in the city, where he will be operated on by surgeons from the Neurosurgical unit of the Hospital Regional.

This service was moved from the hospital at the beginning of April to increase capacity for Covid-19 patients.

De la Torre, of the Partido Popular (PP), has been mayor of Malaga since 2000. The last time he was seen in public was last Tuesday, 7 April, when he visited the new coronavirus field hospital in Carranque, together with the president of the Andalusian government, Juanma Moreno.