Presidential candidate and former prime minister Ali Benflis speaks during a news conference in Algiers April 18, 2014. (REUTERS/Louafi Larbi)
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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging fraud.It comes a year after Bouteflika suffered a stroke that confined him to hospital for three months and prevented him from campaigning for re-election in person.Figures showed 51.7 percent of Algerians voted, making it the weakest participation rate of any presidential election in the past 20 years.The turnout, which was lowest in the restive Kabylie region where only around one in four people voted, was sharply down from the official figure of 74.11 percent given in 2009 .
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