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Algeria's ailing Bouteflika wins re-election

By Patrick Markey and Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the independence veteran in power for 15 years, won re-election on Friday with more than 80 percent of a vote opponents dismissed as fraud to keep an ailing leader in power. Bouteflika had cast his vote sitting in a wheelchair on Thursday in what was a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke last year that raised questions about stability in the North African OPEC oil-exporting state.

Algeria's Bouteflika wins 4th presidential term

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose poor health forced him to vote from a wheelchair in Algeria's presidential election, has won a fourth term with 81.53 percent of the votes, the interior minister announced Friday. The 77-year-old incumbent's main rival, Ali Benflis, received 12.18 percent in an election which saw 51.78 percent of Algerians cast their ballots, Tayeb Belaiz told a news conference. "The people have chosen freely, in a climate that was transparent and neutral," Belaiz insisted.

Algeria's Bouteflika, ailing but still president

Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who won a fourth presidential term on Friday with nearly 82 percent of the votes cast, was victorious despite frail health preventing him from even campaigning. The ailing 77-year-old had to vote from a wheelchair on Thursday after not appearing in public since May 2012. His decision to seek a new mandate after being in power for 15 years had sparked both derision and criticism from those who questioned his ability to rule after he had a mini-stroke last year.

Factbox: Algeria's Bouteflika, aging independence veteran, wins re-election

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has won re-election for another five-year term with an officially tabulated 81.53 percent of the vote, despite suffering a stroke last year. He is seen by supporters as a symbol of stability after he helped to lead Algeria out of a civil war that lasted more than a decade. Here are some facts about Bouteflika.

Algeria's Bouteflika wins 4th term, rival rejects result

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term on Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging fraud. The 77-year-old incumbent who voted from a wheelchair on Thursday scooped 81.53 percent of the votes, compared with his main rival, Ali Benflis, who received 12.18 percent, Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz told a news conference. "The people have chosen freely, in a climate that was transparent and neutral," Belaiz insisted.

Algeria's Bouteflika wins 4th term, rival rejects result

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term on Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging fraud. The 77-year-old incumbent who voted from a wheelchair on Thursday scooped 81.53 percent of the votes, compared with his main rival, Ali Benflis, who received 12.18 percent, Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz told a news conference. "The people have chosen freely, in a climate that was transparent and neutral," Belaiz insisted.

Algeria's Bouteflika poised to win re-election

By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was expected to win a fourth term in office after an election on Thursday, despite questions over his health and his rare appearances since suffering a stroke in 2013. Voting results were due on Friday, and turnout appeared low, but Bouteflika, backed by the dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) party, looked almost assured of victory and another five years at the helm of the North African OPEC state.

Bouteflika aide claims Algeria election victory

ALGIERS (Reuters) - A senior aide to Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika claimed on Thursday the ailing leader had won election to secure a fourth term after 15 years in power. Official results have yet to be released after Thursday's election and may come on Friday. But many Algerians expect the 77-year-old leader to win even though he did not campaign himself and was rarely seen in public after a stroke last year.

Algeria's ailing Bouteflika poised to clinch 4th term

Ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika was poised to clinch a fourth presidential term despite chronic health problems and a sharp fall in turnout after Algerians voted Thursday in an election that saw some 70 people wounded in protests. Although the results are to be officially announced on Friday afternoon by Interior Minister Tayib Belaiz, Bouteflika's supporters took to the streets of the capital Algiers to celebrate after polls closed, letting off fireworks and sounding their car horns.

Algeria's ailing Bouteflika poised to clinch 4th term

Ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika was poised to clinch a fourth presidential term despite chronic health problems after Algerians voted Thursday in an election that saw 70 people wounded in protests. Voting ended by 1900 GMT at polling booths across the vast North Africa country, but with the count now under way, the 77-year-old president who has been in power since 1999 remains the firm favourite of the six candidates.
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