Algeria prepares to bury ex-president Bouteflika

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Algeria prepares to bury ex-president Bouteflika

ALGIERS: SEPT. 19 – Flags flew at half-mast in Algeria on Sunday ahead of the funeral of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the North African country’s longest-serving president who clung to power before being forced out two years ago.

Bouteflika died on Friday aged 84. The former strongman quit office in April 2019, having been abandoned by the military following weeks of street protests over his bid to run for a fifth presidential term.

He had risen to power in 1999 on a wave of popular support as his amnesty offer to Islamist militants helped


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