Algerian state television announced the death of the country’s former president, 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, Bouteflika won a second term after a fierce electoral campaign during which he faced former Prime Minister Ali Benflis, where he obtained 84.99 percent of the vote, while Benflis only received 6.42 percent.
In April 2009, Abdelaziz Bouteflika was re-elected for a third term with a majority of 90.24 percent, and this came after a constitutional amendment in 2008 that abolished the limitation of the presidency to only two states, 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 resigned on April 2, 2019 after months of widespread protests over his accession to a fifth presidential term.
With nearly 20 years in power, from 1999 to 2019, he is the longest-reigning president of Algeria.
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