Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in a wheel chair arrives to attend the official inauguration of the Algiers' subway, Algeria, April 9, 2018.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in a wheel chair arrives to attend the official inauguration of the Algiers' subway, Algeria, April 9, 2018.

ALGIERS, ALGERIA - Algeria's president has visited the construction site of the future Great Mosque in Algiers, in a rare public appearance of the 81-year-old ailing leader.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been debilitated by a stroke for years, appeared in television footage in a wheelchair Tuesday.
 
After praying at a mosque belonging to a religious brotherhood outside the capital, Bouteflika visited the gigantic construction site of the Great Mosque.
 
The presidential project has been criticized for its cost of more than $1.6 billion, considered excessive for the North African country.
 
Algeria's FLN governing party is urging Bouteflika to seek a fifth term in next year's presidential election despite his frail health and growing doubts about his ability to lead the oil-and-gas-rich country, the largest in Africa.

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