Egypt's Mubarak returns home 3 weeks after surgery

March 27, 2010 19:25

Egyptian president will gradually resume his regular work schedule.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. AP 311. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has returned home three weeks after having his gall bladder removed in Germany — an operation that prompted him to temporarily hand over power to his prime minister.

State television broadcast live footage of Mubarak's arrival Saturday at the airport of the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik. The 81-year-old walked slowly with a slight limp as he greeted Cabinet ministers.

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Doctors that treated Mubarak in Heidelberg, Germany, recommended that he continue his recuperation for two more weeks before gradually resuming his regular work schedule.

Mubarak's absence prompted speculation about the leadership of the Arab world's most populous nation, a US ally that plays a critical role in issues ranging from Mideast peace efforts to curbing Islamic militancy.

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