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Algeria's ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika dies aged 84

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  • 18th September, 2021 02:46:27 PM
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Algeria's ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika dies aged 84

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Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who ruled Algeria for two decades before resigning in 2019 as huge protests engulfed the country, died on Friday aged 84, public television announced, reports AFP.

The former strongman had left office in April 2019 under pressure from the military, following weeks of demonstrations over his bid to run for a fifth term in office.

After quitting, he had stayed out of the public eye at a residence in western Algiers.

Bouteflika became president of Algeria in 1999 as the former French colony emerged from a decade of civil war that killed nearly 200,000 people. Bouteflika went on to be elected for three more consecutive five-year

terms, most recently in 2014.