MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A heart surgeon says former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is expected to make a full recovery following bypass surgery.

St. Vincent’s Health System issued a statement Monday, saying Siegelman is in good condition. The hospital says heart surgeon Dr. John Richardson has said Siegelman is expected to make a full recovery.

The hospital said that the former governor asks that his privacy be respected during his recovery.

Siegelman had bypass surgery last week after a blockage was discovered during a routine physical and tests.

Siegelman, a Democrat who was elected to four statewide offices, was for decades a dominating figure in state politics.

A jury in 2006 convicted Siegelman of bribery. He was released from prison last year.

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