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With rare speech, Algeria’s ailing Bouteflika starts new term

By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sworn in for a fourth term on Monday after he easily won an election opponents dismissed as unfair and returned to power for another five years. State television showed Bouteflika, 77, sitting in a wheelchair to take his oath and give his first public speech for at least two years. He suffered a stroke last year that raised questions about his ability to govern. “I thank the Algerian people for their renewed confidence,” Bouteflika said in a weak, often wavering voice before hundreds of supporters. “The April 17 election was a victory for democracy.” Under Bouteflika, a veteran of the…

With rare speech, Algeria’s ailing Bouteflika starts new term

By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sworn in for a fourth term on Monday after he easily won an election opponents dismissed as unfair and returned to power for another five years. State television showed Bouteflika, 77, sitting in a wheelchair to take his oath and give his first public speech for at least two years. He suffered a stroke last year that raised questions about his ability to govern. “I thank the Algerian people for their renewed confidence,” Bouteflika said in a weak, often wavering voice before hundreds of supporters. “The April 17 election was a victory for democracy.” Under Bouteflika, a veteran of the…

With rare speech, Algeria’s ailing Bouteflika starts new term

By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sworn in for a fourth term on Monday after he easily won an election opponents dismissed as unfair and returned to power for another five years. State television showed Bouteflika, 77, sitting in a wheelchair to take his oath and give his first public speech for at least two years. He suffered a stroke last year that raised questions about his ability to govern. “I thank the Algerian people for their renewed confidence,” Bouteflika said in a weak, often wavering voice before hundreds of supporters. “The April 17 election was a victory for democracy.” Under Bouteflika, a veteran of the…

With rare speech, Algeria’s ailing Bouteflika starts new term

By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sworn in for a fourth term on Monday after he easily won an election opponents dismissed as unfair and returned to power for another five years. State television showed Bouteflika, 77, sitting in a wheelchair to take his oath and give his first public speech for at least two years. He suffered a stroke last year that raised questions about his ability to govern. “I thank the Algerian people for their renewed confidence,” Bouteflika said in a weak, often wavering voice before hundreds of supporters. “The April 17 election was a victory for democracy.” Under Bouteflika, a veteran of the…