The French daily “Le Monde” published an article on the fate of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, about four months after he resigned under the pressure of the “popular demonstrations”, through which it spoke about the diary of the man after his resignation, and how does he spend his days and where?
The lengthy article was prepared by the French historian of political science, Jean-Pierre Filiu, he wrote: “The few Algerians still wonder about the fate of their resigning president, because the last public appearance of the “ousted” president was when he handed over the resignation document to the president of the Constitutional Council in the presence of the National Assembly Speaker Abdelkader Ben Saleh, who became head of state in accordance with the Algerian Constitution”.
No Algerian president has left the presidency in one way or another to return to the forefront, which is a tradition known to the Algerian regime, which made the article of the French newspaper, lacking the primacy and the media value.
The newspaper noted that: “The vast majority (of Algerians) are likely to enjoy a luxurious life in exile in the United Arab Emirates, where he spent 15 years before taking office in 1999, while others believe that Bouteflika is in Switzerland or France or that he traveled under high surveillance of bodyguards to the areas around Algiers.”
Le Monde, which is known for its antagonism with the former president and his surroundings, expected Bouteflika to remain at his presidential residence in Zeralda, only 30 kilometers west of the capital, information which was also reported by the Paris-based magazine Jeune Afrique.
The newspaper did not provide any information as much as providing speculation about the whereabouts of the former president and began to swing between this residence or that, and it wanted to accompany the debate that is taking place these days on the fate of the former president and his residence, how he spends his days and the fate of his small family, which is living under tremendous pressure because of the popular movement, especially after the arrest of Said Bouteflika, the special adviser to the former president and his brother, who is in military prison in Balida, on serious charges.
“The former president will spend the rest of his days under the eyes of justice and its officials, just as he did with one of his predecessors, the former president, Chadly Ben Djedid, who was removed from office in the early 1990s”, Le Monde’s article concluded.