Health of ailing Bouteflika improving – PM
21 May 2013, 12:22
Algiers - Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Monday
broke official silence on the health of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, saying
he is convalescing in Paris after a mini-stroke and was "never in
"I would like to reassure our compatriots on the state
of health of the president of the republic... he was never in danger and his
health is improving day by day," Sellal said in a statement carried by the
APS news agency.
Bouteflika was flown to the Val de Grace hospital in Paris
three weeks ago after his mini-stroke and his doctors have recommended
"total rest for a full recovery," Sellal said.
The president is nevertheless "following up daily on
the activities of the government".
His remarks come after mounting media speculation about the
well-being of Bouteflika, 76, and a day after the Algerian prosecutor ordered
legal action against the editor-in-chief of two local dailies which had
reported the president was in a coma.
Sellal said that "false information carried by certain
foreign media concerning the president of the republic" serves only to
undermine Algerian security and development.
"Soon President Bouteflika's illness will be no more
than an unpleasant memory," Sellal added.