ALGIERS, 10 January 2021 – The Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has gone back to Germany to pursue medical treatment for post-COVID-19 complications, his office said Sunday.
“A short while ago, the president… left for Germany for treatment of complications to his foot after he was sick with Covid-19,” read a post Sunday on the Facebook page of the Algerian presidency.
State television broadcast images on Sunday of the president leaving the country from the Boufarik military airport in the capital, Algiers.
Treatment for the president’s foot was, reportedly, planned before the president returned briefly to Algeria two weeks ago.
The Algerian leader first arrived Germany last October 28 for COVID-19 treatment in Germany.
The “urgent matters” Tebboune wanted to attend to included signing into law the country’s new constitution adopted in a referendum boycotted by the opposition last November.
Les than 15 percent of the electorate participated in the referendum, according to official figures.
At the age of 75, the Algerian leader is described as a heavy somoker.
Tebboune became president in December 2019 in another heavily boycotted vote that saw 40 percent of the electorate participating.
Eight months earlier, massive street protests had forced Tebboune’s predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down after holding power for over 20 years.