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IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT PUTS KING HUSSEIN IN HOSPITAL

King Hussein has been hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat and is in satisfactory condition, the

royal palace announced Tuesday.The announcement, carried by state-run Petra news agency, said the 54-year-old monarch was admitted to the kingdom's army hospital, Hussein Medical City, at 10 p.m. Monday.

"His Majesty The Hashemite King Hussein, may God protect him, was admitted to hospital . . . because he suffered from a case of irregular heart beats," the announcement said.

It said Hussein's condition was "satisfactory and he is recovering."

Palace officials were not immediately available to comment on the exact heart condition for which Hussein was hospitalized.

The Jordanian monarch had a similar occurrence in May 1990 and has had periodic heart checkups in Jordan as well as the United States and Great Britain.

Doctors have said Hussein was asked to quit smoking after the May 1990 incident and complied. However, the monarch resumed smoking in the early days of the Persian Gulf crisis.