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Algeria to hold presidency poll on April 18: Bouteflika

It remains unclear whether 81-year-old president will run for fifth term in office

18.01.2019
Algeria to hold presidency poll on April 18: Bouteflika

By Abdelrazek Abdallah

ALGIERS 

Algeria will hold presidential elections on April 18, according to a Friday statement released by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s office and carried by the official Algeria Press Service.

The announcement effectively ends speculation -- which had reached a fever pitch in recent weeks -- that the polls would be postponed.

It remains unclear, however, whether Bouteflika, 81, will take the controversial step of running for a fifth term in office or will be replaced by a successor.

Algerian opposition leaders, for their part, have repeatedly urged the aging head of state -- who in 2013 was treated for a blood clot in his brain -- to refrain from contesting the poll.

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