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Algeria's ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika dies aged 84

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-09-18 10:14

In this file photo taken on Nov 23, 2017 Then Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen while voting at a polling station in Algiers as Algeria goes to the polls for local elections. [Photo/Agencies]

ALGIERS - Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika died on Friday at age 84, reported the state-run television ENTV, citing a statement from the presidency.

Bouteflika became the Algerian foreign minister in 1963.

He participated in the 1999 presidential election and scored a overwhelming victory.

Bouteflika served as president for four consecutive terms until April 2019.

In April 2013, Bouteflika suffered a cerebrovascular accident, which reduced his mobility and presidential activity. He had since made rare public appearances.

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