In Summary
  • November 26-December 17, 2005: Bouteflika admitted for three weeks to the Val-de-Grace military hospital in Paris.
  • From April 19-21, 2006, he was again admitted to Val-de-Grace for post-operative check-ups.

ALGIERS,

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is reportedly seeking a fifth term in April elections, has had persistent health woes leading to several periods in hospital over more than a decade.

In power since 1999 the 81-year-old was weakened by a stroke in 2013 which affected his mobility and speech, and in rare recent public appearances he was in a wheelchair.

Here is a timeline of his health problems:

- November 26-December 17, 2005: Bouteflika admitted for three weeks to the Val-de-Grace military hospital in Paris. Despite a quasi information blackout, a single Algerian medical bulletin revealed he was operated on for a "haemorrhagic ulcer in the stomach".

He spent two weeks convalescing in Paris before returning to Algiers.

- From April 19-21, 2006, he was again admitted to Val-de-Grace for post-operative check-ups.

REHABILITATION

- April 27-July 16, 2013: hospitalised for 80 days in Paris following a stroke, initially at Val-de-Grace before moving to an institution for disabled people for rehabilitation.

A June 11 health bulletin said Bouteflika suffered a transient ischaemic attack, or mini-stroke, on April 27, which has "not affected his vital functions".

After tests, "his doctors recommended that he observe a period of convalescence and functional rehabilitation to consolidate his recovery".

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