Algeria's Bouteflika leaves French hospital


Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was in a Paris hospital for examinations after suffering a minor stroke.

PARIS - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has left a French hospital and is on a plane flying home, a French police source said on Saturday.

A source close to the Algerian presidency said earlier Bouteflika was expected to return to Algiers on Saturday after undergoing a medical checkup in France.

Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, was hospitalised in Grenoble in France on Thursday, French police and French government sources said on Friday.

A veteran of Algeria&39;s war against France which ended with independence in 1962, Bouteflika, 77, suffered a stroke in early 2013 and was rushed to a French hospital.

He has since returned to France several times for check-ups.

Even after he was re-elected this year after a decade and a half in power, Bouteflika&39;s illness fueled speculation over transition in Algeria, a key energy supplier to Europe and a partner in Washington&39;s campaign against Islamist militants.


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