WorldSober funeral for former Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Sober funeral for former Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika

AA / Nice / Feïza Ben Mohamed

Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was buried on Sunday at the El Alia cemetery in Algiers, in the presence of his successor Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

The remains of the former head of state were buried in the square of the martyrs, where many figures who have marked Algeria lie.

According to the Algerian official press agency (APS), several personalities from the government and senior officials attended the ceremony alongside his family.

The coffin left from the region of Zeralda, west of Algiers, where Abdelaziz Bouteflika lived, to reach his last resting place, transported by a military cannon and decorated with an Algerian flag.

However, the former president will not have benefited from the same honors as his predecessors and the exhibition of his remains, initially planned at the People’s Palace in Algiers, has been canceled.

It should also be noted that no national mourning has been decreed even if the official flags have been half mast.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, head of the country between 1999 and 2019, died Friday, following a long illness, at the age of 84.

He had led the country between 1999 and 2019. Shaken by an unprecedented wave of protest from Algerian youth, who refused to seek a fifth term, he was forced to give up power by resigning in April 2019.

In a farewell letter to the Algerian people, he asked “forgiveness for any failure, by word or gesture”.

“I thank you all for the most precious achievements of my office at the head of our country, the pride and honor with which you have showered me and which have been my leitmotif to serve you when I was in good condition and even by being ill, ”he concluded.

He had never reappeared in public since 2019.

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