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Algeria's Bouteflika names director for his campaign to seek a fifth presidential term

Reuters , Saturday 2 Mar 2019
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
File Photo: taken on November 23, 2017, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen while voting at a polling station in the capital Algiers during polls for local elections (Photo: AFP)
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Algeria's president Abdelaziz Bouteflika named Abdelghani Zaalane as the new director of his campaign for a fifth term, state press agency APS said on Saturday.

The decision comes a day after tens of thousands of Algerians protested against another term in office for Bouteflika, 81, who is in Switzerland for "periodic medical checks".

Opponents say the president, who suffered a stroke in 2013 and has been seen in public only a few times since, is no longer fit for the job.

Arabic language media reported on Saturday that Bouteflika's health had deteriorated to critical condition, causing doctors at the Swiss medical facility to cancel a planned operation and move him to intensive care.

Lebanese Al-Mayadeen outlet quoted a medical source in Geneva as saying the Algerian leader is in a "critical state," though Bouteflika's current health condition has yet to be confirmed.

 
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