03/01/2017 16:57 EST | Updated 03/02/2018 00:12 EST

Bolivia's president goes to Cuba for medical treatment

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivian President Evo Morales went to Cuba on Wednesday for emergency treatment of a persistent throat problem following "major complications," his government said.

Presidential Minister Ruben Martinez told journalists that Morales left after a Cabinet meeting, but he gave no details on Morales' condition. The president's voice has been hoarse in public appearances in recent weeks and Morales has said he had a cold.

The 57-year-old leader cancelled his plans on Feb. 6 because of the throat problem and underwent an examination by Bolivian doctors.

Morales had nasal surgery done by Cuban doctors in 2009, but the procedure was conducted at a clinic in Bolivia's capital.