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Mubarak 'fine' after back surgery
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in hospital broadcast before the surgery
Mubarak has been Egypt's leader since 1981
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is "in good health" following successful back surgery in Germany, Egypt's Health Minister Mohammad Awad Tajeddin says.

Mr Tajeddin told state TV the president underwent surgery "for a slipped disc... and is currently in the recovery room" in the Munich Orthopaedic Centre.

Michael Mayer, German surgeon in charge of the operation, said Mr Mubarak, 76, would start walking on Sunday.

Uncertainty over Mr Mubarak's health has caused concerns in Egypt.

On Wednesday, the president appeared on Egyptian television to reassure people he was still in control of state affairs.

During his absence, Mr Mubarak has delegated his duties to Prime Minister Atef Obeid.

However, Mr Mubarak has not appointed a vice-president - the usual route to power in Egypt, observers say.

It is unclear how long the president - along with his wife Suzanne and two sons - will remain in Germany.

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