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Morocco's king returns home after weeks-long absence

AFP  |  Rabat 

has returned to after an absence of several weeks during which he underwent a heart operation in a Paris clinic, sources close to the palace said today.

said Mohammed's private plane landed on Monday night in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, and he was expected Tuesday in the northern city of for official functions.

The 54-year-old has not been in at least since February 26 when he underwent the operation to normalise his heart beat.

Mohammed, who has ruled since his father Hassan's death in July 1999, would resume his normal activities after a period of rest prescribed by his doctors, according to an official statement issued at the time.

The king's lengthy absence stirred rumours on and also raised questions in diplomatic and business circles.

A frequent visitor to France, Mohammed's first official function since the operation was an April 10 meeting with French He did not, however, attend the Arab summit held Sunday in the Saudi city of

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 17:20 IST