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Algeria's Bouteflika poised for third term

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Algeria's Bouteflika poised for third term


He knows he is set to win but can he do so convincingly?

Veteran President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is poised for a third term in office after today’s election in Algeria. He is expected to triumph by a big margin but a low turnout could boost opponents, including Islamists, who say the vote is a charade. The traditional opposition has boycotted the ballot, amid claims it is rigged. Bouteflika is being allowed to stand again after members of parliament, most loyal to the 72-year-old, backed a change in the constitution. Ballot boxes have been set up in remote regions of Africa’s second largest country, to give all who want to, the chance to take part. The president’s five mostly little-known and cash-strapped rivals also want a high turnout. They are urging Algerians to vote against corruption, cronyism and social injustice. Security measures have been stepped up for the election. Supporters of Bouteflika say he deserves credit for steering the country back to stability after the deadly civil conflict of the 1990s.

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