ALGIERS

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was in a Paris hospital for examinations Sunday after suffering a mini-stroke, but is reportedly not experiencing any lasting effects from his latest health scare.

The 76-year-old, who has been in power since 1999, suffered a "transient ischemia" Saturday, a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain often called a "mini-stroke", said Rachid Bougherbal, the director of Algeria's National Sports Medicine Centre.

"An initial investigation has already been opened and his excellency the president of the republic must observe a period of rest to undergo exams," Bougherbal told the APS news agency.

He insisted there was no cause for "any anxiety" over the president's health.

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal also urged calm in comments reported by APS.

"Several hours ago the president felt a little faint and was hospitalised, but his situation is not at all serious," said Sellal, who did not interrupt a visit Saturday to the northern city of Bejaia.

APS said Bouteflika had been taken to the French capital for "further tests under the recommendation of his doctor", citing a medical source who said his condition was stable but that he would need several days of rest.

The Algerian president arrived at Le Bourget airport outside Paris and was driven under army escort to the Val de Grace military hospital, which often treats high-profile patients from France and abroad.

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