Abdelaziz Bouteflika: Algeria's longest-serving president

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika voting at a polling station in the capital Algiers during polls for local elections on November 23, 2017. He announced on March 11, 2019 his withdrawal from a bid to win another term in office and postponed an April 18 election. PHOTO | RYAD KRAMDI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Dubbed Boutef by Algerians, he had helped foster peace after a decade-long civil war in the 1990s.
  • Bouteflika has had a history of medical problems and often flew to France or Switzerland for treatment.
  • But he has also faced criticism from rights groups and opponents who accuse him of being authoritarian.



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