Algeria's former president Abdul Aziz Bouteflika dies aged 84

President Bouteflika The late Abdul Aziz Bouteflika was forced to resign in 2019 after mass protests

Fri, 17 Sep 2021 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

International news agencies have reported the death of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

He passed away from illness, aged 84 in the capital Algiers.

His death comes two years after he was deposed by the army following a popular nationwide protest against his person and the then government.

Algerians took to the streets in early 2019 when then President Bouteflika signaled that he was going to contest in elections despite being sick for the last few years.

Bouteflika will eventually back down from contesting and be forced to step down as president in April that year after pressure from the military. That will not stop the protests which rolled on despite a December date for elections.

Interim President AbdulKader Salah held the fort as Bouteflika era officials were rounded up and put before courts for corruption. The divisive polls produce Abdelmadjid Tebounne as new president yet the protests continue.

Bouteflika a key Horn of Africa negotiator

Bouteflika was the third party mediator, who brought Ethiopia's Meles Zenawi & Eritrea's Isaias Afewerki to sign the 2000 Algiers agreement, that ended the 1998-2000 Ethiopian-Eritrean war.

Bouteflika was a newly elected President when he was tasked with mediating the Badme conflict. He went on to rule Algeria for nearly two decades, until an uprising forced him to resign, just two years ago, in 2019.

The late Bouteflika in 2000, overseeing the most awkward of handshakes. Two decades later, Isaias Afewerki has deployed troops responsible for atrocities in Ethiopia's Tigray region, the home region of the late Meles Zenawi, who passed away in 2012.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com