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Algeria says President Tebboune's treatment nearing completion

FILE PHOTO: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune arrives for the opening of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is about to complete medical treatment and his condition is improving, his office said on Sunday, 13 days after he was flown to hospital in Germany.

Authorities last week said Tebboune, 75, had tested positive for COVID-19. He had stayed at a military hospital in Algiers before being transferred to Germany.

Elected last December, Tebboune has pushed for changes to the constitution as part of attempts to turn the page on mass protests that forced his predecessor to resign in April 2019.

The constitution was backed in a referendum last weekend with 66.8% of votes but with only a 23.7% voter turnout.

He has also announced plans to carry out economic reforms aimed at reducing reliance on oil and gas in the OPEC member North African country.

Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Nick Macfie

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