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Bouteflika aide claims algeria election victory

An election worker counts ballots during the presidential elections in a polling station in the Algerian capital, Algiers, Thursday, April 17, 2014.(AP/Sidali djarboub)

ALGIERS: A senior aide to algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika claimed on Thursday the ailing leader had won election to secure a fourth term after 15 years in power.

Official results have yet to be released after Thursday's election and may come on Friday. But many algerians expect the 77-year-old leader to win even though he did not campaign himself and was rarely seen in public after a stroke last year.

"Our candidate is the winner," Abdelaziz Belkhadem, Bouteflika's personal representative told Reuters without giving any details. "Without any doubt, Bouteflika got a landslide victory."

 

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