Algeria’s presidential race is in full swing in the middle of a political crisis. Opposition parties and activists staging protests against the reelection of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his FLN Party.
If he is voted in to office on April 17 it would be his fourth term in power. The 77-year-old began the presidential race with a letter to voters declaring himself fit to govern despite suffering a stroke last year. Abdelmalek Sellal, the country’s former prime minister, has been appointed as his campaign manager.
Algeria’s largest legal Islamist party, the Movement of Society for Peace and the liberal Rally for Culture and Democracy party have said they will boycott the election.