Algiers: Abdulaziz Botaflika, the longest-serving Algerian president, has died. He was 84 years old. The cause of death has not been released. Abdelaziz, who became president in 1999 with the help of the military, resigned in April 2019.
His resignation comes as pro-democracy activists take to the streets in protest of his decision to run for a fifth term. After resigning, he faced a government corruption probe. Subsequently, his brother and adviser, Syed Botaflika, and other senior officials were imprisoned.
At the age of 25, Abdellasis became the first foreign minister since Algeria gained independence from France in 1962. He was also hailed as the youngest foreign minister in the world.
In 1974, the U.N. During his presidency of the General Assembly, he invited Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to deliver a speech.
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