Algeria's Bouteflika: from revolutionary to ailing recluse

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  • Monday, 04 Mar 2019

FILE PHOTO: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen in Algiers, Algeria April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo

ALGIERS (Reuters) - President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a veteran of the war for independence who has ruled Algeria for two decades, is again fighting for survival, this time facing a wave of protests by crowds angry at his plans to seek a fifth term of office.

Bouteflika, 82, has rarely been seen in public since a stroke in 2013. He appeared in a wheelchair in Algiers in April last year but is now reported to be in a Swiss hospital.

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