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Apr 18, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika wins re-election with 81.5 percent: official results

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the aging independence veteran already in power for 15 years, won re-election on Friday after a vote opponents dismissed as a stage-managed fraud to keep the ailing leader in power.

Sitting in a wheelchair, Bouteflika had cast his vote on Thursday in a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke last year that raised doubts about whether he is fit enough to govern the North African oil-exporting state.

Apr 17, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika camp claims election win, rival alleges fraud

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looked set to win a fourth term with allies claiming victory in an election on Thursday, despite questions over his health and his rare appearances since suffering a stroke in 2013.

Official results were due on Friday, but Bouteflika’s camp claimed the independence veteran backed by the dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) party had succeeded in securing five more years at the helm of the North African OPEC state.

Apr 16, 2014

Algeria’s bloody past, energy wealth keep status quo for now

ALGIERS, April 16 (Reuters) – Cramped with his young wife
and three infants in a shack in Algiers’ Citi Hofra slum, Amin
Kerchach could be forgiven for being angry at missing out on
Algeria’s gas wealth.

But after waiting for years to get a new state-built
apartment from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, his memories of
Algeria’s bloody past and the promise of state largesse to come
are reasons enough to hold out a little longer.

Apr 12, 2014

Ally says Algeria’s Bouteflika recovering, will make reforms

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is recovering steadily from a stroke last year, talks with his team every day, and is healthy enough to govern after the election on April 17, his chief ally said on Saturday.

Bouteflika, a 77-year-old veteran of Algeria’s independence war, has no serious rivals for re-election in Thursday’s ballot, but he has not campaigned himself and has only rarely spoken in public since his illness.

Apr 6, 2014

Absentee Bouteflika dominates Algerian presidential poll

CHLEF, Algeria, April 6 (Reuters) – At a packed sports hall
in western Algeria, portraits of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
gaze down on supporters rallying for his re-election. But the
leader himself, weakened by a stroke a year ago, is a no-show.

Throughout campaigning for the April 17 polls, Bouteflika
has remained mostly out of the public eye apart from brief
television appearances, as he has done since falling ill.

Mar 21, 2014

Algerian opposition rallies against Bouteflika re-run in April election

ALGIERS, March 21 (Reuters) – Algerian opposition parties
rallied several thousand supporters on Friday to call for a
boycott of next month’s election and to reject President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s run for another term after 15 years in

Bouteflika, the 77-year-old veteran of Algeria’s
independence war, registered for the April 17 ballot despite
suffering a stroke last year that opponents say has left him
unfit to govern for another five years.

Mar 15, 2014

Supporters of Algeria’s Bouteflika rally for his re-election

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Several thousand supporters of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika rallied on Saturday to support his re-election bid in a show of strength by those who portray him as key to stability in the North African country.

Bouteflika, 77, has registered his candidacy for the April 17 election in which he is almost certain to win another five-year term despite questions over his health and ability to govern since he suffered a stroke last year.

Mar 12, 2014

Algerian premier to quit to run Bouteflika election campaign: source

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal will resign on Thursday to run the reelection campaign of the country’s ageing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a source close to the presidency said on Wednesday.

Bouteflika, 77, registered his candidacy for the April 17 vote last week and spoke in public for one of the few time he has since suffering a stroke last year that raised opposition questions about his ability to govern.

Mar 12, 2014

Algerian police halt opposition march against Bouteflika bid

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian police prevented opposition leaders from marching on Wednesday to demand a boycott of next month’s election, in which President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seeking a fourth term in power.

Bouteflika, 77, registered his candidacy for the April 17 vote last week, one of the few times he has spoken in public since suffering a stroke last year that has raised opposition questions about his ability to govern.

Mar 7, 2014

Bouteflika’s re-election quest keeps Algeria in long-term limbo

ALGIERS/TUNIS, March 7 (Reuters) – Algerians may not have
been shocked to learn their ailing President Abdelaziz
Bouteflika would run for re-election after 15 years in power,
but the way he let them know was a surprise.

After months of speculation, the 77-year-old leader, who
suffered a stroke last year, gave no live television or radio
speech to declare his candidacy, leaving his prime minister and
the state news agency to announce it last week.

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      "I am based in Algiers, North Africa. I report on a wide range of issues including agriculture, oil and gas, terrorism, and telecoms. Before joining Reuters in 2003, i worked in several algerian dailies."
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