Algeria's Bouteflika, clinging to power despite ill health

Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika places his hand on the Koran to take an oath during his inauguration ceremony as he is sworn as president for a fourth term in Algiers on April 28, 2014Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, admitted to hospital in France for the second time in two years, has a long history of illness and has hardly appeared publicly since his reelection. Bouteflika, who did not even campaign for reelection and voted from a wheelchair, still won 81 percent of April’s vote. A veteran of the war of independence against France, Bouteflika first came to power in 1999. Despite his efforts, the army and the DRS intelligence agency are still widely considered to be the real power in Algeria.

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