ALGIERS/PARIS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has left a French hospital and is on a plane flying home, a French police source said on Saturday.
A source close to the Algerian presidency said earlier Bouteflika was expected to return to Algiers on Saturday after undergoing a medical checkup in France.
Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, was hospitalized in Grenoble in France on Thursday, French police and French government sources said on Friday.
A veteran of Algeria’s war against France which ended with independence in 1962, Bouteflika, 77, suffered a stroke in early 2013 and was rushed to a French hospital. He has since returned to France several times for check-ups.
Even after he was re-elected this year after a decade and a half in power, Bouteflika’s illness fueled speculation over transition in Algeria, a key energy supplier to Europe and a partner in Washington’s campaign against Islamist militants.
Reporting by Lamine Chikhi in Algiers and Catherine Lagrange in Lyon; Writing by Patrick Markey and Geert De Clercq; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Jane Merriman