Algerian state television announced, at dawn on Saturday, the death of the former president of the country, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, at the age of 84.
Bouteflika was the seventh president of the country since its independence from France in 1962, and took over the presidency of Algeria in 1999 after nearly two decades spent away from power in his country.
In April 2004, the late president won a second term after an election campaign during which he faced former Prime Minister Ali Benflis, where he got 84.99% of the vote, while Benflis only got 6.42%.
In April 2009, Abdelaziz Bouteflika was re-elected for a third term with a majority of 90.24%, and this came after a constitutional amendment in 2008 that abolished the limitation of the presidency to only two terms, which drew widespread criticism, and his opponents considered it an indication of his intention to remain president for life, and his retreat from democratic reform.
Bouteflika has ruled Algeria for 20 years since 1999, before his resignation on April 2, 2019 after street demonstrations rejected his plan to run for a fifth term.
Bouteflika was rarely seen in public before he stepped down since suffering a stroke in 2013.