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Abdelaziz Bouteflika Ex-President Of Algeria Dies At 84

Abdelaziz Bouteflika Ex-President Of Algeria Dies At 84
Abdelaziz Bouteflika Ex-President Of Algeria Dies At 84

A former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who was forced out of power in 2019, after a major protest in the country, has died on Friday at the age of 84. 

Since his spectacular fall under pressure from the army and the street, the one Algerians colloquially called “Boutef” had remained holed up in solitude in his medical residence in Zeralda, west of Algiers, while his relatives were prosecuted on corruption charges.

In April 2019, Abdelaziz Bouteflika had to leave power after weeks of massive demonstrations against his desire to run for a fifth five-year term, after 20 years in power, despite his illness.

The death of Abdelaziz Bouteflika was announcement on Local TV

According to the report by AFP, the death of the former head of state was announced without however interrupting their programs to devote special programs to him.

Apart from the official announcement, Bouteflika’s death did not give rise to any immediate comment from the authorities, but Internet users have commented extensively on the disappearance of the one who remained in power from 1999 to 2019, a record for longevity. in Algeria.

Since his stroke, which made him aphasic and nailed him to a wheelchair, Bouteflika was constantly the subject of rumors about his health and his death. But, each time, he reappears in public to deny them.

His candidacy for a fifth successive term had been perceived as too much humiliation by millions of Algerians, who took to the streets in the country’s major cities from February 22, 2019.

Elected for the first time in 1999, Abdelaziz Bouteflika constantly re-elected in the first round with more than 80% of the votes in 2004, 2009 and 2014, this fifth term seemed acquired in the eyes of the regime.

But six weeks of massive Hirak mobilization – never seen in Algeria – had pushed the boss of the army at the time, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, one of his loyalists, to obtain his resignation.

“All his life, Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been driven by two obsessions: to conquer power and keep it at all costs. He wanted to serve a fifth term despite the fact that he was sick and helpless,” assures Farid Alilat, author of Bouteflika , The Secret History , an intimate investigation into the journey of the ancient “raïs”.

Bouteflika is considered to be the architect of national reconciliation which has made it possible to restore peace in Algeria, plunged into civil war since 1992 against an Islamist guerrilla which has claimed some 200,000 lives in ten years according to the official record.

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