Algeria leader back to Germany for COVID-19-linked treatment

Officials say Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has returned to Germany, where he spent two months for treatment of a COVID-19 infection, this time to treat a related foot problem

Tebboune, 75, disappeared from the radar of his North African nation after leaving for treatment Oct. 28. The name of the clinic caring for him was never announced and he spoke to the nation only shortly before his return Dec. 29.

Tebboune thanked officials “for their mobilization, firstly the army.”

Tebboune 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 at the helm.

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