Algeria's Bouteflika - from revolutionary to ailing recluse


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  • Tuesday, 02 Apr 2019

FILE PHOTO: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika delivers a speech during swearing-in ceremony after his re-election in Algiers, Algeria April 19, 2009. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is now expected to resign this month after resisting weeks of protests, established himself by ending a ruinous civil war but came undone over corruption and economic stagnation.

Bouteflika, 82, a veteran of Algeria's war for independence, has rarely been seen in public since a stroke in 2013 but held out despite mass demonstrations against his two-decade-old rule.

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