‘No worries’ on Bouteflika’s health – Campaign manager

The medical tests are “almost completed” and “his state of health raises no worries”
Ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s campaign director, Abdelghani Zaalane, reads a letter from the incumbent president at the constitutional council, in Algiers, on March 03, 2019. – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika pledged Sunday not to serve a full term if re-elected at April polls after huge protests against his bid to extend his 20 years in power. The ailing leader vowed in an 11th-hour letter read out on state television to organise a “national conference” that would set a date for early polls which he would not contest. (Photo by RYAD KRAMDI / AFP)

‘No worries’ on Algeria’s Bouteflika health: campaign manager

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has almost completed the medical tests at the Swiss hospital he was transferred to on February 24, the head of his controversial re-election campaign said Thursday.

Abdelghani Zaalane insisted the 82-year-old leader’s health raised “no worries” and that he would be vindicated by a silent majority in Algeria who have not joined huge protests against his candidacy.

The medical tests which Bouteflika has been undergoing in a Geneva hospital are “almost completed” and “his state of health raises no worries”, Zaalane told El Khabar newspaper.

He did not give a date for the president’s return to Algeria.

On Friday, opposition figure Rachid Nekkaz was arrested at the same hospital where President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is reportedly being treated in Geneva.

Nekkaz, who had sought to run against Bouteflika in Algeria’s upcoming elections, was arrested inside the University Hospitals of Geneva, police spokeswoman Joanna Matta said.

Bouteflika’s decision to put himself forward for the April 18 election has drawn tens of thousands of protesters onto the streets. 

In a bid to calm public ire, Bouteflika has pledged to step down early if re-elected to a fifth term in office. 




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