Algeria's president set to seek 5th term
81-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika set to contest April 18 polls; opposition has urged him to bow out
Algeria’s president announced on Sunday he will seek a fifth term in office in the April 18 polls, the state-run Algeria Press Service (APS) reported.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 81, announced his candidacy “in a message sent to the nation" set to be published by the APS Sunday.
If he wins another term, Bouteflika plans to propose a political, economic and social platform as well as changes to the Constitution, said APS.
On Saturday, Algeria’s ruling party officially nominated Bouteflika for a fifth term.
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 bow out of the race.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.