Former Algerian President Bouteflika dies at 84

FILE - This Friday April 10, 2009 file photo shows Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, left, and his brother Said Bouteflika arrives at his campaign headquarters in the Hydra district of Algiers, a day after the Algerian presidential election. The influential younger brother of Algeria's former longtime president was detained Saturday May 4, 2019, for questioning along with two generals who previously ran state security agencies, a security official said. (AP Photo, File)
FILE – This photo shows Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, left, and his brother Said Bouteflika arrives at his campaign headquarters in the Hydra district of Algiers, a day after the Algerian presidential election. (AP Photo, File)

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ex-president of Algeria, passed away at the age of 84.

The announcement was made by the country’s presidency, but gave no further details.

Having come to power in 1999 following the civil war, Bouteflika ruled the country despite suffering from paralysis in 2015 amid his deteriorating health.

He ran for the presidency vying for the fifth term in February 2019, which turned the final straw. The move triggered mass protests in the country.

With the Algerian army announcing support to protests and as they continued growing, Bouteflika was forced to resign in April 2019.