Abdelaziz Bouteflika, former Algerian president and a veteran of Algeria’s war for independence has died at 84, the presidency said on Friday, more than two years after he stepped down under pressure from mass protests and the army.
Bouteflika ruled the North African country for two decades before his resignation in April 2019 after street demonstrations rejecting his plan to seek a fifth term.
After Bouteflika’s resignation, authorities launched unprecedented investigations into corruption, leading to the imprisonment of several senior officials, including Bouteflika’s powerful brother and advisor, Said. Said has been jailed for 15 years on charges including plotting against the state.
Bouteflika joined the independence war against France at the age of 19 as a protege of commander Boumediene, who became president in 1965.
After independence in 1962, Bouteflika became Minister of Youth and Tourism at the age of 25. The following year he was made Foreign Minister.
He was elected president in 1999.
There is little to no record of his private life. For years Bouteflika lived with his mother, Mansouriah, in an apartment in Algiers.
Since a stroke in 2013, he was rarely seen in public before his demise.