Death of Former President Bouteflika: Venezuela offers most sincere condolences

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ALGIERS- The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, offered his most sincere condolences to the brotherly people and the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, following the sad death of the former President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, said a statement issued by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

“The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, on behalf of the Venezuelan Government and people, presents his most sincere condolences to the brotherly people and the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, following the sad death of the former President, His Excellency; Abdelaziz Bouteflika, hero of the cause of the free peoples of the world, read the statement.

“Former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who from an early age joined the ranks of the National Liberation Front to fight against the barbaric French colonial regime, where the Algerian Revolution emerged victorious, has sacrified all his life to independence and the development of his nation, in particular from 1999, the year in which he began his mandate. He has also been an advocate for political stability in Mother Africa as a peace mediator in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Mali, positioning Algeria, internationally, as a strategic country,” added the same communiqué.

“During his tenure, he strengthened ties of sincere friendship with the Eternal Commander of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez, being the promoters of a strategic alliance between the two countries, as well as with the South America – Africa Forum (ASA), highlighting the potentials of both parts for the benefit of the economic and social development of peoples, according to principles of respect and equality between States, for a multicentric and pluripolar world,” continued the statement.

“This path, initiated by the two historical leaders, was consolidated with President Nicolás Maduro, as the two governments worked in perfect unity to consolidate the agreements of the OPEC and non-OPEC oil-producing countries, the defense of the Palestinian cause, as well as the consolidation and deepening of the bilateral relationship.”

“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela sends this message of condolences, strength and peace to the deceased’s family, loved ones and all the heroic Algerian people,” concluded the communiqué.

The body of the former President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who passed away last Friday, at the age of 84, was laid to rest, Sunday, at the Martyrs’ Square in Al-Alia cemetery (Algiers).

The funeral was attended by the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the Speaker of the Council of the Nation, Saleh Goudjil, the Speaker of People’s National Assembly, Ibrahim Boughali, the President of the Constitutional Council, Kamel Fennich, Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Aïmene Benabderrahmane and Chief of Staff of the People’s National Army, Lieutenant-General Said Chengriha as well as members of the government.

Senior state officials, national figures and mujahidin, and representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Algeria, as well as members of the family of the deceased were, also, in attendance.

In a eulogy, the Minister of Mujahidin and Rights Holders, Mr. Eid Rebika, highlighted the deceased’s struggle path and the most prominent milestones of his political life.

The late Bouteflika, a veteran of Algeria’s war for independence, had ruled Algeria for two decades before his resignation in April 2019.

He joined the independence war against France at the age of 19 as a protege of commander Boumediene, who became president in 1965.

After Algeria’s independence from France in 1962, Bouteflika became minister of youth and tourism at the age of 25. The following year, he became Algeria’s second foreign minister and the youngest person in the world to hold such a position.

The deceased was an influential figure in the Non-Aligned Movement that gave a global voice to Africa, Asia and Latin America.

As a president of the U.N. General Assembly, Bouteflika invited former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to address the body in 1974, a historic step toward international recognition of the Palestinian cause.

He, also, demanded that China be given a seat in the United Nations, and railed against apartheid rule in South Africa.

He championed post-colonial states, challenging the hegemony of the United States.

He also welcomed Che Guevara, and a young Nelson Mandela got his first training in Algeria. Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver, on the run from U.S. police, was given refuge.

Elected president in 1999, he launched a national reconciliation process allowing the country to restore peace.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, a few weeks before the end of his term of office on April 28.

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