Algeria ruling party backs Bouteflika for fifth term

Algeria’s ruling National Liberation Front said on Saturday it had picked ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as its candidate for April’s election.

“The FLN has designated President Bouteflika as the party’s candidate,” said its coordinator Mouad Bouchareb, using the group’s French acronym.

Bouchareb spoke in front of thousands gathered in the capital Algiers for a pre-campaign meeting.

The declaration came a week after the ruling coalition — comprised of the FLN and three other parties — backed Bouteflika for the April 18 poll. --- AFP