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Algeria: President Tebboune returns to Germany for health treatment

By The Africa Report
Posted on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 13:53

Algerian President Abelmadjid Tebboune appeared on public television Sunday afternoon for the first time since 15 October. Twitter/JA screenshot

Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune returned to Germany on Sunday to undergo minor surgery for a complication in his foot following treatment for COVID-19.

This return to Germany comes less than two weeks after a first trip that had kept him away from Algeria for two months. No details were disclosed regarding the length of the Algerian president’s second medical visit to Germany.

President Tebboune, 75, returned from Berlin on 29 December following hospitalisation and convalescence, after contracting coronavirus in October in Algiers.

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State television broadcasted images of the head of state in the VIP lounge of the military airport of Boufarik, near Algiers, where he was greeted by senior state officials before flying to Berlin.

Not an emergency

According to state television, Tebboune had to undergo this minor surgery for a complication in his foot before his return to Algeria. However, as the treatment was not considered medically urgent, it had been postponed due to certain “top-priority matters.”

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The head of state returned to Algiers in order to sign the 2021 finance law before 31 December and to enact an amendment to the constitution adopted by referendum on 1 November.

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