Observers say Algerian election was fair

ALGIERS, Algeria, April 10 (UPI) -- International observers praised this week's Algerian presidential election Saturday, which was won by incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Warnings fly of Algerian vote rigging plan

ALGIERS, Algeria, April 7 (UPI) -- Three candidates in Algeria's federal election Thursday said they believe votes are already rigged in favor of the incumbent, the BBC reported Wednesday.

China's president Hu on four-nation trip

BEIJING, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao left Beijing Monday to begin a state visit to France, Egypt, Gabon and Algeria, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Arabs struggle to advance political reform

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Arab Thought Foundation concluded an annual meeting in Beirut Monday with a call for swift reforms in individual countries of the Middle East.

Bali prepares for one-year memorial

BALI, Indonesia, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Bali is preparing for the one-year memorial to the 202 victims of the terrorist bombing of a nightclub, one year ago on Oct. 12. Australia lost 88 people in the bomb blast, which injured hundreds more.

Bush meets with Ahern, Cardoso

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Leaders from Brazil and Ireland traveled to the White House on Thursday and affirmed their support for the U.S.-led campaign against Afghanistan as President Bu
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Algeria affirms support for U.S.

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Bush to meet Algerian president

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- President Bush on Monday is expected to meet with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the Oval Office as he begins a week courting members of the interna
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, White House reporter

Bush to bolster coalition support

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- President Bush will spend next week meeting with members of the international anti-terror coalition to shore up support for the U.S.-led campaign against terror
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Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) hugs Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) during a welcoming ceremony in Tehran, Iran on August 11, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Arabic pronunciation: ; Arabic: عبد العزيز بوتفليقة‎) (born March 2, 1937) is the ninth President of Algeria. He has been in office since 1999. He has continued emergency rule and presided over the end of the bloody Algerian Civil War in 2002. More recently, thousands in Algiers have marched calling for his resignation in the 2010–2011 Algerian protests.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika was born on March 2, 1937 in Oujda, Morocco. He was the first child of his mother and the second child of his father (Fatima, his half-sister, preceded him). His father (Ahmed Bouteflika) and mother (Mansouria Ghezlaoui) originated from the region of Tlemcen. Bouteflika has three half-sisters (Fatima, Yamina, and Aïcha), as well as four brothers (Abdelghani, Mustapha, Abderahim and Saïd) and one sister (Latifa). Saïd serves as Abdelaziz Bouteflika's personal physician, and is said by some to be an important figure in Bouteflika's inner circle of advisers.

Bouteflika was raised in Oujda, where his father had emigrated as a youngster. He successively attended three schools there: "Sidi Ziane", "El Hoceinia" and the "Abdel Moumen" high-school, where he reportedly excelled academically. He was also affiliated with Kadiri Zaouia in Oujda.

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