File - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika during a press conference at the presidential palace in Algiers, May 25, 2010. (AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE)
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Algeria's president, who hasn't publicly addressed the country for nearly three years and suffered from a stroke last year, will be running for a fourth term in April, his prime minister said Saturday.Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 76, left it to Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal to break the news at a press conference in the western city of Oran.The question of whether Bouteflika would run again, despite his obvious health problems, has dominated the country's politics.Bouteflika has a huge contingent of supporters who have been pushing for him to declare his candidacy, notably his powerful party, the National Liberation Front, which had ruled Algeria for nearly three decades.Many officials and analysts, however, have expressed their doubts about the wisdom of Bouteflika serving another mandate, especially in light of the security challenges, with the Sahel region to the south increasingly unstable.
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