August 27, 2018 / 7:08 PM / 3 months ago

Algeria's Bouteflika in Geneva for medical tests: presidency

FILE PHOTO: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen in Algiers, Algeria April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika left on Monday for Geneva for regular medical tests, the presidency said in a statement.

Bouteflika, 81, has rarely been seen in public since he suffered a stroke in 2013, but his backers have urged him to seek a fifth term in next April’s election.

The veteran leader, in office since 1999, has not said yet whether he will stand.

“He will undergo periodic medical checks,” the statement said, without elaborating.

Bouteflika has undergone checks several times since his stroke.

Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Andrew Bolton

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