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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.

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.

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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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