Algeria President returns to Germany for treatment


Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has flown back to Germany to complete his post-coronavirus treatment.

According to the presidency, Tebboune was flown out of Algeria on Sunday to treat complications in his foot resulting from a coronavirus infection.

“The president of the republic went to Germany to treat complications in his foot after he had been infected with COVID-19,” the Algerian presidency said a statement.

“Treatment of complications was planned before the president’s return from Germany but his obligations at home prevented it,” it added. “The foot injury is not an urgent situation.”

On Dec. 29, Tebboune returned to Algeria after a two-month trip to Germany for coronavirus treatment.

The president postponed the treatment at the time because of some obligations that prompted him to return home on December 29, his office said.

Tebboune, 75, was hospitalised in Germany on October 28, and Algerian authorities later announced he had COVID-19.

The name of the clinic caring for him in Germany was never announced and he spoke to the nation only shortly before his return in December after approximately two months of absence.

He was elected president in December, months after former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was pushed from power in April 2019 by pro-democracy demonstrators and the army chief after 20 years in office.


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