Abdelaziz Bouteflika, GColIH (pronunciation ; Arabic: عبد العزيز بوتفليقة, translit. ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Būtaflīqa [ʕaːbd lʕziz butfliqa]; born 2 March 1937) is an Algerian politician who has been the fifth President of Algeria since 1999. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1963 to 1979. As President, he presided over the end of the bloody Algerian Civil War in 2002, and he ended emergency rule in February 2011 amidst regional unrest. He was the president of the United Nations General Assembly for a term in 1974.