Bouteflika aide claims Algeria election victory
Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (C) casts his ballot during the presidential election in Algiers - REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

ALGIERS, Algeria: A senior aide to Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika claimed on Thursday the ailing leader had won election to secure a fourth term after 15 years in power.

Official results have yet to be released after Thursday’s election and may come on Friday. But many Algerians expect the 77-year-old leader to win even though he did not campaign himself and was rarely seen in public after a stroke last year.

“Our candidate is the winner,” Abdelaziz Belkhadem, Bouteflika’s personal representative told Reuters without giving any details. “Without any doubt, Bouteflika got a landslide victory.”

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