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Algerian government plane in Geneva amid reports on Bouteflika return

An Algerian government plane landed in Geneva on Sunday, amid speculation that ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika could return home after a two-week medical trip to Switzerland.

According to Flight Radar 24, which tracks air traffic activity, the plane was a Gulfstream 4SP that’s owned by the Algerian government.

TV footage also showed the plane with the registration number 7T-VPM at Geneva’s airport.

In Algeria, protests against Bouteflika’s decision to run for a 5th term in office have been ongoing over the past two weeks.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of the capital, Algiers, and other parts of the North African country on Friday.

Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has since been rarely seen in public.

He is North Africa’s only president who survived the Arab Spring revolts that started in neighbouring Tunisia in 2010. (dpa/NAN)

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