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Egyptian President Resumes Duties After Surgery

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has chaired his first Cabinet meeting since undergoing gallbladder surgery last month in Germany.

Mr. Mubarak met with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and several other government ministers Thursday in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Mr. Mubarak temporarily handed over power to Prime Minister Nazif before undergoing surgery in Heidelberg, Germany on March 6. Doctors removed his gallbladder and a growth in his small intestine.

The 81-year-old president's absence from public functions had set off new speculation about his frail health.

Mr. Mubarak has ruled Egypt for nearly 30 years. His ruling party is expected to dominate in parliamentary elections later this year and Mr. Mubarak is expected to run for president again next year. Many political experts also believe President Mubarak is grooming his son, Gamal, to take over.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.