Monday, 16 September 2019 04:06 GMT

Algeria's Bouteflika makes infrequent public appearance

(MENAFN) Just 48 hours after his party urged the ageing leader to seek another term in office, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has made a rare public appearance, The National reported.

In a wheelchair and wearing a three-piece suit, the 81-year-old head of state unveiled an inaugural plaque at the entrance of the capital's Ketchaoua mosque, which reopened after three years of renovation, on Monday.

He waved with his right hand to the crowd awaiting his arrival in front of the mosque, closed since 2008 and then damaged by a powerful earthquake five years ago, pictures broadcast on public television showed.

He was elected for a fourth term in 2014; a year after a stroke landed him in a Paris hospital for more than two months.


Algeria's Bouteflika makes infrequent public appearance

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