Algeria elections: Bouteflika again?

11th presidential elections fixed for April 2019

Even though there doesn’t seem to be a strong opposition candidate to contest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s candidature in the forthcoming elections despite having ruled for 20 years, there are uncertainties however as to if the incumbent president Abdelaziz Bouteflika would stand as a candidate.

Algeria will hold its 11thpresidential election, since independence, on April 18.

Four major pro-government parties insist that the current president serves best the natural course of the country, and that no one can lead Algeria in its coming stage but Bouteflika.

They say they realize the importance of national agreement and the dangers of placing political aspirations above the country’s stability and future. Weeks ago, there were calls for postponing the elections because there were no “serious” candidates running.

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Bouteflika, 81, has been in office since 1999 and has been on the wheelchair since he suffered a stroke in 2003

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