Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika casts his ballot during the presidential election in Algiers April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who won a fourth presidential term on Friday with nearly 82 percent of the votes cast, was victorious despite frail health preventing him from even campaigning.However, Bouteflika still remains popular with many Algerians who credit him with helping to end a devastating civil war and contain Arab Spring protests.The army has chosen all of the country's post-independence leaders -- and Bouteflika was no different.Before polling day, Bouteflika promised constitutional changes that would create a "broad democracy" if he was re-elected.A dapper figure known for his three-piece suit even in baking Saharan conditions, Bouteflika is respected by many for his role in ending the 1990s civil war that killed at least 150,000 people. When the Arab Spring burst into life in January 2011, Algeria witnessed deadly social unrest, and a month later Bouteflika acceded to an opposition demand, lifting a 19-year state of emergency.
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