Algeria's Bouteflika leaves French hospital, flies home

Even after he was re-elected this year after a decade and a half in power, Bouteflika's illness fueled speculation over transition in Algeria

Algeria's Bouteflika leaves French hospital, flies home

World Bulletin/News Desk

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has left a French hospital and is on a plane flying home, a French police source said on Saturday.

A source close to the Algerian presidency said earlier Bouteflika was expected to return to Algiers on Saturday after undergoing a medical checkup in France.

Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, was hospitalised in Grenoble in France on Thursday, French police and French government sources said on Friday.

A veteran of Algeria's war against France which ended with independence in 1962, Bouteflika, 77, suffered a stroke in early 2013 and was rushed to a French hospital. He has since returned to France several times for check-ups.

Even after he was re-elected this year after a decade and a half in power, Bouteflika's illness fueled speculation over transition in Algeria, a key energy supplier to Europe and a partner in Washington's campaign against militants.

Last Mod: 15 Kasım 2014, 16:25
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