İrem UZUN -TDO- Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been hospitalized, his office said, days after he went into self-isolation after coronavirus cases among his aides. “His health is stable and does not cause any concern, and he is continuing his daily activities from the treatment center,” a statement from the presidency said, without stating if he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
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. 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 U.S. President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro.
Tebboune’s hospitalization comes five days ahead of a referendum on constitutional reforms that the government hopes will satisfy a protest movement. Elected in December, Tebboune has pushed for a new constitution that limits presidential terms and gives more powers to the parliament and judiciary. However, pandemic struck Algeria’s economy as it faced long-term challenges posed by the decline of the oil and gas revenues that finance its historically lavish state spending. It will be put to a referendum on Sunday.