Incomplete G20 summit ‘family photo’ causes smirk

April 2nd, 2009 - 9:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama London, April 2 (DPA) The traditional “family photo” of world leaders at the Group of 20 (G20) summit in London had to be retaken after it was found that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was missing from the original line-up.
When the message “photo re-shoot” was flashed on the screens at the ExCel conference centre, media observers first thought that maybe some of the smiles weren’t right.

But it emerged that Harper had chosen an inopportune moment for a bathroom break and faced some light-hearted joshing from US President Barack Obama when he returned.

So world leaders reassembled to put on their summit smiles for the cameras a second time - but the photographers once again missed out on snapping the full complement of prime ministers, presidents and kings.

This time, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi and Indonesia’s Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono were absent for unknown reasons.

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