Czech President Vaclav Havel was in stable condition Wednesday at an Austrian hospital, a day after doctors removed part of his large intestine in emergency surgery.
Havel had recovered enough to be taken out of intensive care, doctors said at the University Clinic in Innsbruck."The president's life is not in immediate danger," the Czech news agency CTK quoted Dr. Helmut Madersbacher as saying.
In Prague, Czech legislators ratified the country's accession to NATO by a comfortable majority, then celebrated passage with a standing ovation.
Havel was flown to the Innsbruck hospital Tuesday from a nearby Alpine resort where he was vacationing, after doctors diagnosed a ruptured colon and acute peritonitis.
The 61-year-old Havel, long a chain smoker, has had numerous health problems linked to lung cancer. This is the fourth time he has been hospitalized since December 1996, when he had one-third of his right lung and a tumor removed.
But Dr. Ernst Bodner, who led the operating team, said the president's latest troubles were unrelated.
What Bodner called a "technically very difficult" surgery was performed by the eight-member team of Austrian doctors for 31/2 hours.
The operation, which removed an area perforated by an inflammation, was declared successful and fears of a malignant tumor were not confirmed.