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Algerian presidential election ends in violence, much disappointment

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
4/17/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Elderly and infirm incumbent president re-elected for another five years

The Algerian presidential election ended in accusations, invectives and violence. The disappointment here is palpable: Elderly and infirm incumbent president, 77-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been re-elected to another five-year term. Left incapacitated from a stroke, he's back in charge of a nation roiling with unrest and social injustice.

Speaking in a barely audible whisper, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, looking wan and frail, waved to the crowds at the announcement of his electoral victory.

Speaking in a barely audible whisper, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, looking wan and frail, waved to the crowds at the announcement of his electoral victory.

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By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/17/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Abdelaziz Bouteflika, presdiential election, Algeria


ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - The presidential elections ended this past weekend. This presidential campaign, which included other candidates, began on March 23th and was met with the attendant violence and unrest.

A meeting between the prime minister and campaign manager of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Abdelmalek Sellal, was prevented from being held in Bejaia on the sixth of this month. Raging crowds set fire to public buildings. The House of Culture was completely ransacked in protest of Bouteflika's bid for a fourth term.

In the eastern part of the country, in Annaba the last day of the campaign was marked by the use of violence against the staff to prevent the holding of a meeting. Candidate Ali Benflis threatened to resort to the use of the force if fraud and other illegal means were used in favor of Bouteflika. Benflis was accused by Bouteflika of terrorism against the population.

Other candidates severely criticized him for having used "violence" when addressing crowds. The former prime minister presented himself as a unifier and pleaded for the "consensus constitution" to save Algeria from collapse.

All candidates voiced concerns over the problem of equity. According to them, this issue marred the campaign. In the southern city of Ghardaia, two young people died in sectarian violence and was a focal point of the opponents to Bouteflika.

According to Benflis' team, Bouteflika's staff is responsible for what occurring in the desert area between Chamba, who are of Arab origin and Berber Mozabites.

Speaking in a barely audible whisper, Bouteflika, looking wan and frail, waved to the crowds at the announcement of his electoral victory. 

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