Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres is “doing great” after spending the night in hospital, a doctor treating the 92-year-old has said.

Mr Peres was rushed to hospital on Sunday night with chest pains, days after he suffered a mild heart attack.

Doctors detected an irregular heart rate and Mr Peres was monitored in hospital overnight as a precaution.

Mr Peres’s personal physician, Raphi Walden, told Israeli Army Radio on Monday that the ex-leader’s heart rate had returned to normal. He said it is not yet clear when Mr Peres would be discharged.

Mr Peres, a Noble Peace Prize laureate, completed his seven-year term as president in 2014. He remains active through his non-governmental Peres Centre for Peace, which promotes co-existence between Arabs and Jews.

In his seven-decade political career, he also served three brief stints as prime minister.