Algerians went to the polls on Thursday as incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika - who has been in power for 15 years and is confined to a wheelchair - is poised for re-election amid violence, fears of fraud, and the absence of effective international monitoring.
Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (seated) arrives to cast his ballot during the presidential election in Algiers April 17, 2014. (Reuters)
Too busy to monitor
An electoral worker sits beside a ballot box while waiting for voters during the presidential election in Algiers April 17, 2014. (Reuters)
Not one to keep quiet
An Algerian woman prepares to cast her vote in the presidential elections at a classroom turned into a polling station on April 17, 2014 in Algiers. (AFP)