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Algeria’s Bouteflika to seek fourth presidential term

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Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will seek a fourth term in the April election, his office said in comments carried by national television Saturday.

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A screen caption said the presidency had confirmed that Bouteflika had informed the interior ministry of his intention to run in the April 17 poll and to collect the appropriate documents for signature.

Bouteflika, 76, who suffered a stroke last year is now set to run for election mid-April in the North African oil producing country.

Bouteflika, who has governed Algeria since 1999, will almost certainly win due to the ruling FLN nationalist party's dominant role and his backing from the party's machinery and its allies.

One of the few remaining veterans of the war of independence against France, Bouteflika helped to end the country's civil war in the 1990s. But in addition to health concerns in recent years, his rule has also been dogged by corruption scandals implicating members of his inner circle.

However, opposition parties are still weak and most Algerians have little appetite for upheaval after the civil war with Islamist militants that killed around 200,000.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
 

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