File - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika listening to his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma (unseen) during a press conference at the presidential palace in Algiers, May 25, 2010. (AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE)
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Allies in the ruling FLN party say Bouteflika is their only candidate as the man who helped bring stability to Algeria after a civil war in the 1990s.The list of Bouteflika's backers for re-election expanded this week, and now includes two ruling parties FLN and RND, 26 smaller parties led by transport minister Amar Ghoul, most of the country's unions, and Rabah Brahimi, of the FDL party.Most of those are political movements already allied with the FLN, a signal Bouteflika's backers may be strengthening their position before his official announcement. Should he announce he will run again, Bouteflika, who has governed Algeria since 1999, will almost certainly win due to the FLN nationalist party's dominant role and his backing from the party's machinery and its allies.
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