Friday, July 12, 2024

Between mourning and peace .. Algerians say goodbye to Bouteflika


The death of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was ousted from power in 2019 after pro-democracy protests over the past few weeks, has met with some sharp comments, either in the media or on the street.

Also at the age of 84, “Friday”, Bouteflika, President of Algeria for 20 years (1999-2019) died and set a record for his reign.

The man, who has been around for decades, suffered a stroke in 2013 and has completely disappeared since resigning on April 2, 2019.

After a hiatus, officials announced in the early hours of the morning that flags would be flown at half-mast for three days, beginning with “President Saturday” and “Saturday” following the death of “former Mujahideen President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.”

On the night, the President was satisfied with a brief press release announcing the death of Pudeflika, who was born on March 2, 1937, “in his residence.”

Radio and television stations only mentioned him briefly, without mentioning any show for him. The radio stations continued to broadcast music and entertainment on regular weekends.

Not all printed editions of the newspapers had news of the death because they were announced after the closure.

But some, such as the state-run daily Al-Mujahideen, quoted a message in their online edition.

The date and place of Boteplica’s funeral have not been officially announced. However, the “Sub Press” website noted that the “Sunday” will take place in Martyrs’ Square at El Alia Cemetery in East Algiers. All former presidents rest here with the dignitaries and martyrs of the War of Independence (1954-1962).

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Other media outlets, citing sources close to his family, said he would be buried without an official ceremony at the Ben Agnun Cemetery in the capital, where his mother and two brothers lay.

However, according to witnesses, arrangements are being made for the government to receive the body of the former president at the funeral home of the People’s Palace in the center of the capital, Algiers.

On Saturday, King Mohammed VI of Morocco sent a “telegram of condolence and sympathy” to Debun following the death of Bouteflika.

“This great king, on this painful occasion, expressed his deepest condolences and genuine sympathy to the President of Algeria and the family of the deceased through him, and to the brotherly Algerian people,” the neighbors are facing a serious diplomatic crisis.

On the streets, Algerians were not indifferent to the death of the ousted president, and they welcomed the news with accusations.


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