Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. (Photo by Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Algerian President To Return Within Days From German Hospital

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is set to return home “in the coming days” after leaving a German hospital where he was flown for treatment more than a month ago, the presidency said on Monday.

“The president of the republic assures the Algerian people about his health, that he is on the way to recovery and will be returning home in the coming days,” it said in a statement.

Tebboune, 75, who has tested positive for COVID-19, will continue “the rest of the recovery period” in Germany, the presidency said.

Tebboune was admitted to a hospital in Germany on October 28 to undergo “in-depth medical examinations”, according to the presidency.

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He was transferred from a facility in the Algerian capital days after going into self-isolation following reports of novel coronavirus cases among his aides.

A day before he was transferred abroad, the presidency said Tebboune’s “state of health does not raise any concern” but a week later it announced he had contracted COVID-19.

While he was still in hospital in Germany, his office also said the president had finished his treatment and was undergoing “post-protocol medical tests”.

But updates on his medical condition have been irregular and his lengthy absence fuelled speculation and fears of a political vacuum.

Monday’s statement was the first released by his office since mid-November.

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