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PM: Algerian President Bouteflika, 82, to run for 5th term

AP , Saturday 2 Feb 2019
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Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, the main ally of the Algerian president, speaks during a press conference in the capital Algiers on February 2, 2019 (Photo: AFP)
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Algeria's prime minister says 82-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will seek a fifth term in this year's election through a letter to the Algerian people in the coming days.

Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia told a press conference Saturday about his "strong belief'' that Bouteflika will run in the North African nation's April 18 election. He says "all signs show it and with a little bit of analysis we can easily understand that he's in and that it's only a matter of time.''

Ouyahia added that he thinks Bouteflika remains "the best candidate'' despite ailing health. The Algerian leader is partially paralyzed from a stroke and is rarely seen in public.

Two other candidates, former Prime Minister Ali Benflis and Ret. Gen. Ali Ghediri, have already declared they are running for president.

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