Algeria releases photo of president Bouteflika for first time since stroke

Reuters , Wednesday 12 Jun 2013

First photograph of Algerian president since his April stroke shows a seated Bouteflika wearing a black coat and meeting with PM and army chief of staff

The Algerian state news agency released a photograph of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday, the first since he was rushed to hospital in France on 27 April  after a stroke. 

Bouteflika, 76, has not been seen in public since, raising widespread speculation about his health.

The photograph shows the president at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon with the prime minister and the army chief of staff, discussing Algeria's political and security situation, the APS news agency said.

It shows Bouteflika, sitting in a chair and wearing a black coat, looking frail as he listens to Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.

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