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Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria’s Former President dies – Age 84

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The long-serving Former President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika passed away, the Presidency announced on Friday. The Algerian politician has died after a long illness at the age of 84.

Former President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika served the country for 20 years, from 1999 to his resignation in 2019. The political Veteran played a key role in Algeria’s war of independence in the 1950s and1960s.

Then in 1999, he took power at the urging of the military, as Algeria emerged from a brutal civil war that caused the death of almost 200,000 people.

Bouteflika served during the Algerian War as a member of the National Liberation Front. After the North African country’s independence from France, he became the world youngest Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1963 until 1979. 

 

The Algerian Politician chaired as President of the United Nations General Assembly during the 1974–1975 session. As president of the assembly Bouteflika invited Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat to address the UN governing body ; an unprecedented and ground-breaking move.

Former President also stood for China to have a UN seat. He and stood against apartheid in South Africa. He is even credited with giving a young Nelson Mandela his first military training.

Bouteflika presided over the African Union in 2000, secured the Algiers Peace Treaty between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and supported peace efforts in the African Great Lakes region.

Born on 2 March 1937 in Oujda(French Morocco), Bouteflika made rare public appearances since a stroke in 2013, which affected his speech and mobility. His last public appearance was in  2017 at an inauguration of a metro station and the newly renovated Ketchaoua mosque in Algiers. 

Affectionately known as “Boutef”, the architect of national reconciliation passed on September 17, 2021. 

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