|President Malam Bacai Sanha of Guinea Bissau|
Aniceto Alves denied rumors on Saturday that Sanha is seriously ill. He said the president left the small West African nation of Guinea-Bissau on Nov. 23 for a medical checkup in Senegal, before continuing three days later to a hospital in Paris.
Alves said that that Sanha went to Paris for a medical checkup that he needs to do every six months in Paris. He said that Sanha did a preliminary exam in Senegal, then continued onto Paris.
Sanha's health has been the subject of intense speculation. Since his election in 2009, he has been hospitalized several times for long stretches in Senegal and Paris with the government always describing the visits as routine checkups.
Sanha is known to be a diabetic.