Wednesday, July 17, 2013

 

Algerian president to return home from France Tuesday: report

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ALGIERS,- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who has been hospitalized in France since late April, is expected to arrive in his country on Tuesday, local media reported.


Citing French media, the local TSA news website indicated that a presidential aircraft carrying Bouteflika took off from Paris at around 1:30 p.m. local time (1230 GMT), and is due to land at a military airport near Algiers within a couple of hours.

Ennahar TV reported that Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal has cut short his visit to Tizi Ouzou province and headed to the airport to receive Bouteflika.

However, no official source has confirmed the return of the Algerian president.

The 76-year-old leader who suffered a minor stroke, had been receiving treatment at the Val-de-Grace military hospital in Paris before being transferred to the Institution des Invalides for convalescence and rehabilitation.

Bouteflika appeared on TV in mid June for the first time since his hospitalization as Algerian officials have been reassuring about his health, despite media reports saying that he will not be able to run the country.

The president's stroke triggered debate in the country's political arena, as some radical opponents have urged to hold early election to elect a new president.

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