Algeria's Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal (L) speaks with former U.S. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger during the opening ceremony of the African Conference on Green Economy in Oran February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi
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Algerian opposition parties on Tuesday criticized President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to run for a fourth term by dropping out of an election in April and calling for a boycott of a ballot they say will be unfair.Bouteflika, the independence veteran who has ruled for 15 years, has rarely appeared in public since a stroke sent him to a Paris hospital last year, but the government said the 76-year-old will run again in the April 17 vote.Saadi's RCD movement, the Islamist MSP party and the Ennahda party -- who pose no real challenge to the FLN and its party machinery -- called for a boycott of a vote they say will not be fair with Bouteflika running.
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