Algeria's Bouteflika well after stroke
29 April 2013, 07:33
Algiers - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is "responding well" after he suffered a stroke and there was no irreversible damage, a doctor told the national news agency APS on Sunday.
The president, 76, "did not suffer irreversible damage", said Rachid Bougherbal, director of Algeria's National Sports Medicine Centre, explaining that "no sensory function was impaired".
Bouteflika, who has been in power since 1999, on Saturday suffered a "transient ischaemia", or temporary blockage of blood flow, which "did not last long", said Bougherbal, adding that the veteran leader's condition was "reversible".
The stroke "fortunately" did not lead to any bleeding, he said.
Bouteflika has "complete" balance and is "recovering some of the fatigue caused by the ailment," Bougherbal said.
Soon after the stroke Bouteflika was transferred to Paris for additional tests following recommendation by his doctors.
Bougherbal previously said that "an initial investigation has already been opened and his excellency the president of the republic must observe a period of rest to undergo exams".
He insisted there was no cause for "any anxiety".