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Algeria: Bouteflika candidate for his own succession in April

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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced Sunday that he would run for a fifth term in the April presidential election, reports the official APS agency, the day after the appointment of the head of state as candidate of the FLN.

In power since 1999, the Algerian president, who is 81 years old, suffered a stroke in 2013 and only rarely appears in public.

His health has fueled for months the uncertainty around his ability to seek a new term or not. The FLN decided the question Saturday by designating it as a candidate.

According to APS, Abdelaziz Bouteflika intends to propose a reform of the constitution if he is re-elected, notably to create a post of vice-president.

The names of UN diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi and current Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia are most often cited by the Algerian press to fill this position.

(Source: Reuters)

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