Sudan's Bashir to give speech, after surgery last month

December 24, 2012 00:04


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KHARTOUM - Sudan's President Omar Hassan Bashir will address the nation and open a major dam on Sudan's national holiday next week, in one of his first major public appearances since undergoing surgery last month, state news agency SUNA said on Sunday.

Sudanese blogs and newspapers had been speculating about Bashir's health because he has cut down public rallies in the past few months.

The 68-year-old leader, who seized power in 1989, went to Saudi Arabia in November for what officials described as a "minor surgery". He also underwent surgery on his vocal cords in Qatar in August.

Bashir will travel to Blue Nile state capital El Damazin for Sudan's independence day on Jan. 1 to open a major dam and give a "speech to the Sudanese nation", SUNA said.

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