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Algeria president sent to Paris after mini-stroke

  • Associated Press
  • April 28, 2013 - 3:14 AM

ALGIERS, Algeria - Algeria's state news agency says the president has been transferred to Paris for medical treatment following a mini-stroke.

The report published early Sunday said that though the brief blockage of a blood vessel known as transient ischemic attack had "no complications," according to authorities, Abdelaziz Bouteflika's doctors had recommended additional tests.

French and Algerian media say the 76-year-old president had been checked into Val de Grace hospital, where he was treated in 2005 for a bleeding ulcer.

There have long been concerns about Bouteflika's health, especially since the president rarely appears in public.

Bouteflika, president since 1999, is credited with seeing Algeria through the end of a bloody civil war against Islamists and ruling in an uneasy partnership with the powerful military.

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