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Apr 18, 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 17, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika poised to win re-election

ALGIERS, April 17 (Reuters) – Algerians vote on Thursday in
an election President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is widely expected to
win after 15 years in power even though he has spoken rarely in
public since suffering a stroke last year.

With the dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) party,
allied movements and unions behind him, Bouteflika, 77, is
almost assured victory and another five years governing 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.

Apr 3, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika meets with Kerry, talks security

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, discussing better security cooperation in the Maghreb region in one of his longest appearances since a stroke a year ago.

The meeting was one of the few times the Algerian leader has been seen talking so openly in public since the illness that put him in a Paris hospital for months and raised questions about his bid for re-election this month.

Mar 30, 2014

Insight: Armed militias hold Libya hostage

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – When a militia holding Libya’s eastern ports loaded a North Korean-flagged tanker with oil earlier this month, the Libyan parliament sacked its own prime minister and turned to U.S. commandos to bring its cargo back.

For days the government had threatened to blow up the tanker, called Morning Glory, if it left port. When it sailed off, pro-government militiamen even gave chase on boats carrying jeeps mounted with anti-aircraft and cannons.

Mar 30, 2014

Armed militias hold Libya hostage

TRIPOLI, March 30 (Reuters) – When a militia holding Libya’s
eastern ports loaded a North Korean-flagged tanker with oil
earlier this month, the Libyan parliament sacked its own prime
minister and turned to U.S. commandos to bring its cargo back.

For days the government had threatened to blow up the
tanker, called Morning Glory, if it left port. When it sailed
off, pro-government militiamen even gave chase on boats carrying
jeeps mounted with anti-aircraft and cannons.

Mar 23, 2014

Campaigning starts in Algeria election likely to re-elect Bouteflika

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Campaigning for Algeria’s election opened on Sunday with the man expected to win, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, starting his race not with a speech or a mass rally, but with a letter.

With questions lingering about the state of his health after a stroke last year, Bouteflika, 77, began his campaign writing to Algerians to say his condition would not stop him extending his 15 years governing the North African state.

Mar 22, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika says health won’t prevent election bid, vows reforms

ALGIERS (Reuters) – President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said in a letter addressed to Algerians on Saturday his poor health would not prevent him from running for a fourth term and promised constitutional reforms if he wins the April 17 election.

Bouteflika, 77, registered his candidacy earlier this month despite suffering from a stroke last year that opponents say has left him unfit to campaign or govern the North African oil producer for another five years.

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      "Patrick Markey is the Senior Andean Correspondent for Reuters, based in Bogota, Colombia. For the last nine years he has covered and helped manage coverage across the Andean region, including Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. He has also reported on top stories across Latin America, including more recently the Honduras coup and Haiti's earthquake."
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