Hospitalised Algerian President in ‘stable’ condition

Algeria's Bouteflika

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been hospitalised, days after he went into self-isolation after coronavirus cases among his aides.

Tebboune, 75, was moved on Tuesday to a specialised unit at a military hospital in the capital, Algiers, on the recommendation of his doctors.

Tebboune said on Saturday he was self-isolating after several senior aides were diagnosed with COVID-19.

If his illness is confirmed as COVID-19, he would be among a small group of world leaders to have fallen sick from the disease including US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Polish President Andrzej Duda.

Tebboune’s hospitalisation comes at a critical moment in his efforts to turn a page on last year’s massive street protests that forced his predecessor, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, from power after 20 years.