Algerians prepare to vote in presidential elections in Algiers, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Ouahab Hebbat)
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Algerians trickled into voting booths Thursday to elect the president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be dominated by the ailing incumbent running for a fourth term.Despite suffering from a stroke and being entirely absent from the three-week election campaign, 77-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika is backed by the powerful institutions of the state and represents stability for Algerians. Of the five candidates running against Bouteflika, his former prime minister, Ali Benflis, has mounted the most vigorous campaign.Bouteflika won re-election in 2009 with 90 percent of the vote -- a figure believed to be inflated by local and international observers.
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