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German ex-chancellor Kohl 'doing well' after surgery, will need to spend longer in hospital

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014 file picture former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl talks as he presents  his new book "Out of Concern for Europe" in Frankfurt, Germany. Helmut Kohl’s office says the former chancellor has had to spend longer than anticipated in the hospital following a hip operation but is doing well. Following widespread German media speculation Tuesday June 2, 2015  that 85-year-old Kohl was in critical condition in intensive care, his office said “Dr. Helmut Kohl is doing well under the circumstances.”    (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014 file picture former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl talks as he presents his new book "Out of Concern for Europe" in Frankfurt, Germany. Helmut Kohl’s office says the former chancellor has had to spend longer than anticipated in the hospital following a hip operation but is doing well. Following widespread German media speculation Tuesday June 2, 2015 that 85-year-old Kohl was in critical condition in intensive care, his office said “Dr. Helmut Kohl is doing well under the circumstances.” (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)  (The Associated Press)

The office of German ex-chancellor Helmut Kohl says he has had to spend longer than anticipated in a hospital following a hip operation and that he is doing well.

Following widespread German media speculation Tuesday that the 85-year-old Kohl was in critical condition in intensive care, his office says "Dr. Helmut Kohl is doing well under the circumstances."

His office says Kohl had a hip operation May 8 and then needed a second procedure that meant he needed to stay longer in the hospital.

The office says "following that he will go into rehabilitation for the new hip which he will do in connection with a holiday."