Algeria: FLN nominates Bouteflika to run in 2014

For possible fourth mandate as president

08 January, 18:06

(ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JANUARY 8 - Algerian majority party National Liberation Front (FLN) has nominated President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 76, to run in the 2014 presidential elections. If he wins, this would be Bouteflika's fourth mandate, made possible by a 2008 constitutional amendment allowing the president to run for office indefinitely (against the original two-term limit). The amendment was approved almost unanimously, with 500 in favor, 21 against and 8 abstaining, and Bouteflika that year went on to win the election with more than 90% of the popular vote - against 84.99% in 2004 and 74% in 1999, when he ran uncontested.

Bouteflika enjoys the support of the FLN and of the armed forces, which he has intervened to professionalize while in office. (ANSAmed).

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