Technical Assistant – Lions 103 CS Sat, 18 Sep 2021 12:30:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Technical Assistant – Lions 103 CS 32 32 Longest-serving Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika dies at 84 Sat, 18 Sep 2021 10:19:00 +0000

ALGIERS – Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who joined his country’s struggle against French colonial rule in the 1950s, became Minister of Foreign Affairs at the age of 26, went into exile for corruption and then returned to help get the country out of the civil war, died, state television reported on Friday. He was 84 years old.

Mr Bouteflika, who was forced to step down from the presidency in 2019, ruled Algeria for 20 years, longer than any of his predecessors.

After a stroke in early 2013, he spent two and a half months in a French military hospital and many months recovering.

After the stroke, Mr Bouteflika was rarely seen in public or on television, leaving many to feel that the country was ruled by those around him, suspected of numerous corruption scandals.