Ailing Algerian president returns home amid mass demonstrations

Ailing Algerian president returns home amid mass demonstrations

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Algerian president, on Sunday night arrived in Boufarik after spending two weeks in a Swiss hospital as major demonstrations against his rule grip the nation.

Mr Bouteflika, 82, suffered a stroke in 2013 and he is seeking a fifth term in an April election after 20 years in power, a move that has angered many Algerians. 

In a third week of protests on Friday, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Algiers calling for change in the biggest demonstration yet against Mr Bouteflika.

Mr Bouteflika resides in Zeralda outside Algiers, not in the presidential palace in the city.

The top Algerian party backing the beleaguered chief of state broke its silence Sunday over massive demonstrations demanding the end of the regime, saying it’s ready to work with all parties to end the crisis. 

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