Published June 12, 2013
ALGIERS, Algeria – Algerian television has shown the first images of the country's ailing president who hasn't been seen in public since an April 27 stroke that sent him to France for treatment.
The video shown Wednesday of the 76-year-old Bouteflika was clearly designed to stem rampant rumors that he had been totally incapacitated, or worse.
Viewers saw Bouteflika speaking during a visit in France on Tuesday with Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and the army chief of staff, Gen. Gaid Salah. The guests bent to hear him. The left side of the president's mouth appeared immobile as he ate pastry. He didn't move his left hand placed on a chair arm at Les Invalides military compound where he was convalescing.
Bouteflika's office waited until Tuesday to reveal he had had a full stroke.