Bouteflika confirms bid for fifth term amid ongoing protests

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The campaign manager of Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been facing nearly two weeks of protests against his bid for a fifth term, says the ailing leader will call for early polls if he is reelected in April’s vote.Abdelghani Zalene made the announcement on Sunday after submitting the candidacy papers at the Constitutional Council office in Algiers on behalf of the 82-year-old president – even as the head of the election commission said all presidential contenders must formally register in person.

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