Italian PM appears in public after surgery

Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 12:28

Rome: A huge adhesive bandage on his face, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has made his first public appearance since undergoing jaw surgery earlier this week.

Berlusconi attended a defence meeting on Wednesday, two days after the surgery in Milan to repair damage from an attack in 2009, when a man hurled a statuette at him during a political rally.

The attack left the Premier with a broken nose and two broken teeth.

The 74-year-old Italian leader had a bandage on his left cheek as he attended the defence meeting in Rome.

The operation forced the cancellation of a meeting with Israel`s foreign minister, as Berlusconi rested in his villa near Milan. He is expected to attend a Cabinet meeting on Thursday.

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First Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 12:28

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