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.
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.