Abdelaziz Bouteflika was born on 2 March 1937. He won his spurs in the eight-year war of liberation against the French. Abdelaziz Bouteflika was Sectional Secretary-General of the General Union of Algerian Moslem Students (UGEMA). Just five months after he took office, he won overwhelming endorsement for a reconciliation plan that granted amnesty to thousands of Islamists. Read Abdelaziz Bouteflika Full Biography and Profile.