Algeria's Bouteflika - from revolutionary to ailing recluse

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  • Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019

FILE PHOTO: Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika casts his ballot during the local elections at a polling station in Algiers, Algeria November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo

ALGIERS (Reuters) - President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a veteran of Algeria's war for independence who has ruled for two decades, announced on Monday he had reversed his decision to seek a fifth term following weeks of mass demonstrations.

Bouteflika, 82 and rarely seen in public since a stroke in 2013, had returned to Algeria on Sunday after medical treatment in Switzerland - coming home to a country in the grip of protests against his decision to stand again in the elections.

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