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Algeria: Sick, Confined to a Wheelchair, Abdelaziz Bouteflika Could Run For 5th Term

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the 81-year-old Algerian president, who has been in power since 1999, will run for a fifth consecutive term in the elections next year. That’s what the leader of his party announced.

The head of the National Liberation Front, Djamel Ould Abbes, said that Bouteflika, who has been confined to a wheelchair since he was attacked in 2013, will be the party’s candidate in the polls scheduled for April 2019, reported Sunday the national news agency APS.

“Bouteflika … is the FLN’s presidential candidate,” Ould Abbes was quoted as saying in a meeting with party members. ”

“His candidacy was demanded by all FLN cadres and activists across the country. ”

The central committee of the FLN will meet soon to formalize the candidacy, told AFP Nadir Boulegroune, chief of staff of Ould Abbes.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who last addressed the nation more than six years ago, has not yet officially announced his candidacy.

In 2014, in light of the president’s poor state of health, the military felt that it was not wise for Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fourth term.

However, in a rare moment of indecision, the army would have succumbed to the demands of the president in difficulty, believing that it was necessary to preserve stability in times of uncertainty.

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