By Giada Zampano

ROME--Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has had an angioplasty--an emergency surgical procedure to clear an obstructed coronary artery--his spokeswoman said.

Mr. Gentiloni felt ill late Tuesday, after returning from an official visit to France.

His spokeswoman said the operation went well and he was now awake in intensive care in Rome's Gemelli hospital. She said it was unclear how long he would remain in hospital.

Mr. Gentiloni, who took office in December following Matteo Renzi's resignation, has cancelled his visit to London on Thursday, when he was meant to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

January 11, 2017 05:16 ET (10:16 GMT)

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