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Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Longest Serving President of Algeria
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Net worth 2018: $5 Million
Industry: Presidents
Residence: Oujda
Country: Algerian
BirthDay: 2 March 1937
Sigh: Aries
Height: 1.59 m
Education: Amal Triki

Abdelaziz Bouteflika was bornon 2 March 1937 in Oujda, Algerian, is Longest Serving President of Algeria. Abdelaziz Bouteflika is the fifth President of Algeria. After Algeria became independent, he joined the then President, Ahmed Ben Bella’s cabinet as Minister for Youth and Sport, and was subsequently appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs. He did not fall out of favor when Bella was replaced in a military coup by Houari Boumédienne. Accused of corruption charges, he went into a long self-imposed exile. The charges against him were dropped, and he returned to Algeria. He won three consecutive presidential elections. He tried genuinely to resolve the civil war raging in the country, but the Islamic fundamentalist group GSPC remains recalcitrant. He also tried to address development issues with his five year plans. They were aimed at creating new jobs, and also putting the necessary infrastructure at place. Regarding his foreign policy, he ended Algeria’s isolation. While he tried to improve Algeria’s relations with the Western powers, he was assertive on matters that were crucial to his country’s defense interests. After becoming the president for a third straight term, he brought amendments which allowed presidents to stand in elections any number of times.


$5 Million


On 18 April 2014, he was re-elected as President for the fourth time with 81% of the vote


In 2013, in a cabinet reshuffle, he replaced the key interior, foreign, and justice ministers with allies who had proved their loyalty while he was in Paris recovering from a stroke


In the 2009 presidential elections, he stood as an independent candidate, and won by an incredible margin, with 90


In 2008, the Algerian Constitution was amended, which enhanced the powers vested in the president, who could stand for re-election any number of times


He became the president of the Arab League in 2004, but relations with Morocco deteriorated


Ending Algeria’s policy of isolation, he presided over the African Union, facilitated the Algiers Peace Treaty between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and hosted President Chirac of France in 2003


President Bouteflika got a five-year economic plan underway in 2000, called the Support Plan for Economic Recovery


In 1999, he was elected President with 74% of the votes, and a subsequent referendum endorsed his policies to restore peace in Algeria, especially those involving amnesties for Islamist guerrillas


In 1990, he married Amal Triki, the daughter of Yahia Triki, a diplomat


Returning to Algeria, the army welcomed him to the Central Committee of the National Liberation Front (FLN) in 1989


In 1981, charged with embezzling $60 million by the Court of Financial Auditors, he claimed that he took the money for a new building for his ministry, and went into exile


He continued to be the Foreign Affairs Minister, until Boum�dienne’s death in 1978


Iin1963, he was appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs


In 1962, when Algeria became independent, as an influential member of Oujda group, he united with Boum�dienne and the border groups, to support Ahmed Ben Bella against the Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic


Between 1957 and 1958, as controller of the Wilaya V, he was responsible for reporting the situation at the Moroccan border and in west Algeria


In 1956, Bouteflika joined the Army of National Liberation which was the military limb of the National liberation Front party


He decided to sell 1300 public sector companies, and has already completed the privatization of 150 of them – they fall primarily in the construction material, cement, chemical industries, tourism, and food processing fields

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