File - Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika welcoming the Emir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Djaber al-Sabah (unseen) at the Djenane El Mufti residence in Algiers, January 14, 2013.(AFP PHOTO /FAROUK BATICHE)
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Long held in suspicion in a largely state-controlled economy, Algerian businessmen are pouring cash into President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's re-election campaign, hoping to benefit from an expected fourth term for the incumbent.Bouteflika's campaign spending alone runs to at least 75 million euros ($104,223,700), Algerian press reports say.Prominent among them is Ali Haddad, who is often seen with the aging president's brother Said.His ETRHB construction company has experienced meteoric success in the 15 years since Bouteflika came to power, securing state contracts worth an estimated $2.5 billion, according to the Algerian press.Businessmen in the services sector who have flourished during Bouteflika's rule are another source of campaign funding, Hamidouche says.
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