FILE PHOTO: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen in Algiers, Algeria April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo
GENEVA (Reuters) - The Algerian government plane that brought President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to Geneva for medical treatment last month left Algerian airspace and headed north early on Sunday, flight radar applications showed.
The ailing 82-year-old Bouteflika has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, and his bid to extend his 20-year rule has prompted tens of thousands of Algerians to join the biggest protests in Algiers in 28 years.
The Gulfstream 4SP had not been tracked leaving Algeria since Algerian authorities announced in February that he would be traveling to the Swiss city for unspecified medical checks.
Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle