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Sharon leaves intensive care unit
File picture of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon
Mr Sharon has shown few signs of recovery
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been moved out of intensive care after being treated for an infection affecting his heart.

The medical centre near Tel Aviv, where he has been treated since May, said Mr Sharon returned to the respiratory ward after treatment for the infection.

Mr Sharon, 78, has remained in a coma since suffering a major stroke in January and undergoing brain surgery.

He was succeeded as PM by Ehud Olmert, who narrowly won elections in March.

His condition has fluctuated throughout the year.

For several months Mr Sharon was treated by the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, where he was taken for emergency treatment in January.

After several operations on his brain, he was moved from Hadassah hospital in May to a specialist centre for long-term care.

He subsequently developed pneumonia, and has also undergone kidney dialysis.

Lengthy career

Mr Sharon was first elected to the Knesset in 1973 and held a number of cabinet positions before he became prime minister in 2001.

1973: Elected Knesset member for Likud
1975-77: Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's special security adviser
1977-81: Minister of Agriculture
1981-83: Minister of Defence
1984-90: Minister of Trade and Industry
1990-92: Minister of Construction and Housing
1996-98: Minister of National Infrastructure
1998-99: Foreign Minister
2001-2006: Prime Minister
2005: Left Likud to found Kadima

A former army commander, as defence minister he masterminded Israel's disastrous invasion of Lebanon in 1982.

He served as housing minister in the early 1990s, expanding Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

But while prime minister, he went on to push through Israel's 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four settlements in the northern West Bank, despite opposition from within his right-wing Likud party.

He also presided over the building of the controversial West Bank barrier.

Amid growing dissent, Mr Sharon left Likud in November last year to found a new party, Kadima (Forward), which scored a narrow win in the March parliamentary election under Mr Olmert.

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