Algeria's president has mini-stroke

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Associated Press

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 28 at 12:04 AM

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria state news agency says the president has had a mini-stroke but without complications.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika had a transient ischemic attack Saturday, Rachid Bougherbal, the director of the national center of sports medicine, was quoted by the state news agency as saying.

He said there was no reason for worry and the president just needed a period of rest.

The announcement comes as speculation is rife that the 76-year-old president will run for a fourth term in presidential elections just a year away.

According to the American Stroke Association, a TIA, as it is known, is caused by a temporary blood clot and lasts just a short time and "usually causes no permanent injury to the brain."

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