.
.
.
.

Algerian president taken to Paris after suffering stroke

Published: Updated:

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was taken to France for medical tests after suffering a minor stroke on Saturday.

The 76-year-old president was hospitalized but is not experiencing any lasting effects, the APS news agency reported.

At 12:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) on Saturday the Algerian leader had suffered a "transient ischemia," a temporary blockage of blood flow often called a "mini-stroke", Rachid Bougherbal, the director of the National Sports Medicine Centre, told APS.

"An initial investigation has already been opened and his excellency the president of the republic must observe a period of rest to undergo exams," Bougherbal said.

He insisted there was no cause for "any anxiety" over the president's health.

Elected president in 1999 and re-elected in 2004 and 2009, Bouteflika had a previous health scare in 2005, when he underwent surgery in Paris for a bleeding ulcer.

Bouteflika is thought unlikely to seek a fourth term at an election due in 2014. According to Reuters, leaked U.S. diplomatic cables said in 2011 that Bouteflika had been suffering from cancer, but that it was in remission.