Algeria’s leader announced a three-day period of mourning beginning Saturday for former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose 20-year-long rule, riddled with corruption, ended in humiliation as he was pushed from power amid massive street protests. was given when he decided to take a new term. .
Bouteflika, who had been ill since a stroke in 2013, died on Friday at the age of 84. His public appearances were rare in the final years of his presidency, and he had not been seen since President Abdelmadjid Tebboune took office in late 2019.
The President’s Office said flags are flown at half-staff during the period of mourning. The honor reflects Bouteflika’s role in Algeria’s brutal Seven Years’ War for independence from France that ended in 1962. Those who fought are considered martyrs today.
The former president’s lawyer, Salim Salim Hadjouti, said that Bouteflika was being buried in an official ceremony at the Al Aaliya cemetery, where the martyrs of the Revolution for Freedom are buried, a special honour.
Since Bouteflika’s death, public television has not shown photos of him, a clear indication that officials prefer not to go overboard with farewells as the North African nation has moved past the Bouteflika era. At the beginning of his mandate, Tebboune announced his policy of a “new Algeria”.
Tebboune has led the fight against corruption, including from the Bouteflika clan as it emerged that a close circle of officials surrounding the president was enriching himself and making decisions in place of an allegedly ailing president. . Bouteflika’s brother and special adviser Said was acquitted in January by a military appeals court of alleged conspiracy against the military and the state, but faces corruption charges.
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