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Algeria's ailing president in Paris hospital for 'routine' checkup, his office says

Algeria's presidency says the country's ailing president has been in a Paris military hospital since Monday for a routine checkup and his condition is improving.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika suffered a stroke in April and was hospitalized for four months in Paris' Val-de-Grace hospital. He has seemed visibly weak in rare television appearances since then.

Tuesday's statement, carried by the official news agency, said it was a routine appointment made in June and he would remain at the hospital until Friday.

Algeria will hold presidential elections in just three months and Bouteflika has yet to announce whether he will run for a fourth term.

Oil-rich Algeria is a key partner in the fight against terrorism and possesses on the region's most powerful militaries.