Algerian president returns home after 'routine medical checks' in Geneva
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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday returned home after a two-week stay in Switzerland's Geneva for "routine medical checks," confirmed a statement by the President Office.

The presidential aircraft carrying Bouteflika landed at Boufarik Military Airport, some 45 km southwest of the capital Algiers, at 5:48 p.m. local time (1648 GMT).

Bouteflika was immediately escorted to the State Residence in western Algiers under strict security after the landing.

He had been admitted in Geneva's University Hospital on February 24 for "routine medical checks."

Algerian students protest on the main campus of the University of Algiers against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term, February 26, 2019. /VCG Photo

Algerian students protest on the main campus of the University of Algiers against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term, February 26, 2019. /VCG Photo

Millions of Algerians have been staging continuous rallies across the country since February 22, after 82-year-old Bouteflika announced his intention to run for presidential election on April 18.

On Sunday, retailers and merchants closed their stores, while workers at several state-run companies and institutions staged sit-ins in response to a general strike call.

Opposition parties, for their part, have been holding continuous consultations to reach consensus over the steps to take, in a bid to force the government to take into consideration the claims of this wide-scale protest movement. 

Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013, and he was re-elected in 2014 for a fourth term until 2019.

(Cover: In this file photo taken on November 23, 2017, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen while voting at a polling station in the capital Algiers during polls for local elections. /VCG Photo)

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Source(s): Xinhua News Agency