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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.

Mar 3, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika registers for April election

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday formally registered his candidacy for April’s election, one of the few times the aging independence veteran has spoken in public since suffering a stroke last year.

Bouteflika’s registration at the Constitutional Council – a formal step for his candidacy – ended months of speculation over his intentions. But opposition leaders say they believe the president, who just turned 77, is still too weak to run again after a decade and a half in power.

Feb 25, 2014

Algeria opposition parties slam Bouteflika re-election bid

ALGIERS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Algerian opposition parties on
Tuesday criticized President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to
run for a fourth term by dropping out of an election in April
and calling for a boycott of a ballot they say will be unfair.

Bouteflika, the independence veteran who has ruled for 15
years, has rarely appeared in public since a stroke sent him to
a Paris hospital last year, but the government said the
76-year-old will run again in the April 17 vote.

Feb 25, 2014

Algerian opposition parties urge election boycott

ALGIERS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Three Algerian opposition
parties have called for a boycott of elections in April after
the government announced President Abdelaziz Bouteflika would
run for a fourth term to extend his 15 years in power.

Bouteflika, the independence veteran and Washington ally,
has rarely appeared in public since a stroke sent him to a Paris
hospital last year, but the government said the 76-year-old will
run again in the April 17 vote.

Feb 22, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika to seek fourth term in April-PM

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the aging independence veteran who suffered a stroke last year, will run for re-election on April 17, his premier said on Saturday, a vote likely to hand him a fourth term in power.

Bouteflika, who opponents say is too frail to govern, is expected to announce his candidacy formally later on Saturday, with Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal running his campaign, a source close to the presidency said.

Feb 11, 2014

Algerian military plane crashes into mountain, 77 killed

OULED GACEM, Algeria (Reuters) – A military transport plane carrying members of the Algerian armed forces and their relatives crashed into a mountain on Tuesday, killing 77 people, the worst air disaster in the North African country in a decade.

State television showed footage of the wreckage of the plane near the village of Ouled Gacem in eastern Algeria, smoke rising from the site and emergency crews scouring the forested area for survivors and bodies.

Feb 3, 2014

More parties back Algeria’s Bouteflika for new term

ALGIERS (Reuters) – More than two dozen Algerian political parties have given their support for a fourth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has yet to announce whether he will run again just two months before the election.

Bouteflika, 76, suffered a stroke early last year before returning to work amid speculation over his ability to seek re-election in Algeria, a key gas supplier to Europe and a U.S. partner against Islamist militants in North Africa.

Jan 19, 2014

Former FLN party chief to run for Algerian presidency

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Ali Benflis, a former leader of Algeria’s ruling FLN party, announced on Sunday he would run in the April 17 elections, in which President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has yet to say whether he will seek a fourth term.

Bouteflika returned home on Thursday from a visit to a Paris hospital for check-ups after suffering a stroke early last year.

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