Laar's Recovery 'Going Slowly,' Says PM
Defense Minister Mart Laar ( Photo: Postimees/Scanpix )
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said on March 22 that the recovery of Defense Minister Mart Laar, who was hospitalized with a stroke last month, is going slowly and declined to predict when the politician would be able to return to office.
"I just hope for a fast recovery," Ansip said at a Cabinet press conference.
Ansip also said that he did not have the authority to share detailed information about the 51-year-old’s health.
"The more important facts are already known to the public. The state of his health was difficult for some time. The prospects have now improved, but his recovery hasn't been going quickly by any means," Ansp said, adding that it was for the doctors, not him, to make a prognosis.
Laar was taken to the North Estonia Medical Center on February 18 after suffering a stroke while visiting friends. While hospitalized, Laar also caught pneumonia, which has significantly complicated his recovery.
During Laar's absence, his ministerial duties are being carried out by Minister of Education Jaak Aaviksoo, who served as defense minister from 2007 to 2011.