Algeria's President transferred to Germany for “medical check-ups

Algeria's President transferred to Germany for “medical check-ups

Algeria’s President Abdelmajid Tebboune

Algeria’s President Abdelmajid Tebboune has been transferred to Germany for “medical check-ups” amid speculation that he’s been infected by corona virus, state TV reported on Wednesday.

Algeria’s president has been admitted to a specialised treatment unit in an army hospital, his office said on Tuesday, days before a critical referendum on changes he has urged for the constitution.

The emergency has come just days before a referendum on proposed changes to Algeria’s constitution, which the president very much wants to see approved.

Mr Tebboune had been admitted to hospital in Algeria on Tuesday, however, the nature of his condition has not been revealed.

Tebboune, 75, said on Saturday he was self isolating after several senior aides tested positive for the coronavirus. “I assure you, my brothers and sisters, that I am well and healthy and that I continue my work,” he was quoted as saying then.

There has not been an official announcement that Tebboune has tested positive for COVID-19.

His treatment comes just days before an important referendum on changes he has proposed to Algeria’s constitution.

Tebboune has been in office for less than a year, having replaced Algeria’s ousted longtime president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.