Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune made his first televised appearance nearly two months after he was taken to Germany for treatment for COVID-19.
Tebboune said he was recovering from COVID-19 and hoped to return to Algeria soon.
“Thanks to God … I have started on the road to recovery,” the 75-year-old leader said. “It may take two or three weeks but, God willing, I will recover all my bodily strength.”
We will soon be in the country to continue building a new Algeria,” Tebboune added.
The president’s last public appearance had been in mid-October, when he met with France’s foreign minister.
Tebboune, a heavy smoker, was flown to Germany and hospitalized on October 28. Algerian authorities later announced that he’d contracted COVID-19.
The President’s absence sparked speculation about an institutional crisis in the North African country. He has been unable to sign into law the country’s revised constitution which was approved in a recent referendum that saw record-low turnout.
He also has until December 31 to sign off on the country’s 2021 budget.