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Bouteflika due to submit election bid as Algeria protests continue

Students took part in new protests Sunday in Algiers and other cities against a fifth term for ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who faced a midnight deadline to register for April elections. Bouteflika’s announcement in February that he would seek a new term in office despite his failing health has unleashed angry protests. The 82-year-old, who uses a wheelchair and has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, has remained silent on the demonstrations since they broke out last month. A week ago he flew to Switzerland for what his office described as “routine medical checks”, a factor that may come into play as the deadline for candidate submissions looms Sunday night.

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