Algerian PM: Stop focusing on health of president

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s prime minister has urged his compatriots to stop focusing on the health of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been hospitalized in France since late April.

Abdelmalek Sellal said other presidents get medical treatment for weeks and “nobody talks about it.” He said he regretted that Algeria has come to the point where the public doesn’t believe official statements.

At a conference on institutional communication Sunday, Sellal said: “We have nothing to hide.”

The French and Algerian governments have said little about the condition of Bouteflika, 76, since he was rushed to France for treatment after suffering a mini-stroke on April 27.

Academics, politicians, and civil society groups in Algeria have called for the implementation of a constitutional article that can relieve a president of his duties for health reasons.

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