Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ageing independence veteran who suffered a stroke last year, has registered his candidacy for April’s election, the state news agency APS said on Monday.
Bouteflika’s registration at the Constitutional Council - a formal step for his candidacy - ended months of speculation over his intentions. But opposition leaders say they believe the president, who just turned 77, is still too ill to govern.
Algeria’s prime minister had already announced a week ago that Bouteflika would run again, with loyalists praising the president as the man who can provide stability after helping bring Algeria out of its 1990s civil war with armed Islamists.
Private Ennahar television, which is close to the presidency, showed images of Bouteflika in the back of a black limousine before entering the council.
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