March 28, 2010 in Nation/World

Mubarak home after surgery

Associated Press

CAIRO, Egypt – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak returned home Saturday three weeks after undergoing gall bladder surgery 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 at the airport in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik. With his wife at his side, the president descended from the plane on an escalator before walking slowly with a slight limp to greet Cabinet ministers and other dignitaries waiting for him on the tarmac.

He paused to chat with the leader of the Coptic Church and received a copy of Islam’s holy book, the Quran, from his defense minister, then got into his car and sped away.

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