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Abdelaziz Bouteflika won the Presidential election for the Fourth consecutive time

Abdelaziz Bouteflika won the Presidency for the fourth time consecutively in Algeria.

Apr 19, 2014 14:26 IST
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Abdelaziz Bouteflika won the Presidency for the fourth time consecutively in Algeria on 18 April 2014. He belongs to National Liberation Front party.

He won the presidential election with a huge 81 percent of the vote. In 2008, he won the elections with 90 percent of the vote.

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Ali Benflis, main opponent, received 12.18 percent of the total votes casted. Other opponents Abdelaziz Belaid and Louisa Hanoune received 3.03 percent and 1.37 percent of the votes respectively.

Voters turnout stood at 51.3 percent of the registered voters which went down from the 75 percent in 2009.
In 1999, Bouteflika took office when Algeria was still in a civil war between the military and Islamist militants and restored some economic stability. In 2012, he surpassed Houari Boumedienne as the longest-serving President of Algeria.

The president is elected for five years term by the people in Algeria. The presidentship was limited to two terms in the original constitution. However, the constitution was amended in 2008 to remove the term limits.

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