The former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ousted from power in 2019 after massive protests against his desire to run for a new term, died on Friday at the age of 84.
Since his spectacular fall in April 2019 under pressure from the army and the street, the one Algerians colloquially called “Boutef” had remained holed up in solitude in his nursing home in Zeralda, west of Algiers, then that his relatives were being prosecuted on charges of corruption.
His moryt was announced by a scrolling banner on national television: _Bouteflika, born March 2, 1937, died at “10 p.m. (9 p.m. GMT) at his place of residence,” wrote the private channel El Hayet TV quoting a press release from the Presidency of the Republic.
The date of his burial has not been announced.
His fall had become inevitable after weeks of massive demonstrations against his desire to run for a fifth five-year term, after 20 years in power, despite his illness.