​Bouteflika to seek fourth term in April

February 23, 2014 - 6:19:40 am

ALGIERS: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ageing independence veteran who suffered a stroke last year, will run for re-election on April 17, his premier said yesterday, 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.

“Bouteflika will be a candidate,” Sellal said in the northwestern city of Oran. “Bouteflika’s decision to run comes at the insistence of the people and after some deep reflection.” 

State news agency APS said the 76-year-old leader has officially notified the Interior Ministry of his candidacy.

Sellal’s announcement appeared to end months of speculation over Bouteflika’s future after his stroke last year put him in a Paris hospital and intensified discussion of a political succession after his 15 years in office.