Algerian president leaves French hospital after two-day stay

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika waits to greet the Mauritanian president upon his arrival in Algiers, December 11, 2011Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, who has been plagued by ill health since suffering a mini-stroke last year, left France on Saturday after a two-day stay in hospital. An ambulance escorted by several vehicles was seen leaving the private clinic in the southern city of Grenoble at around 1:30 pm (1230 GMT), and police said Bouteflika was in the convoy that was heading to the airport. The clinic had not offered a reason for the president’s hospitalisation on Thursday when he discretely arrived in Grenoble. Bouteflika has been in poor health since 2013 when he was treated for a mini-stroke in Paris.

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