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Ailing Algerian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika expected to win reelection
Ailing Algerian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika expected to win reelection

ALGIERS — Amid heavy security, Algerians went to the polls Thursday in a presidential election that the 77-year-old incumbent, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was considered likely to win despite his obviously failing health. The tumult of the "Arab Spring" uprisings across the region three years ago largely bypassed this energy-rich North African nation, still exhausted by a civil war in the 1990s. Bouteflika helped bring that conflict to an end. Discontent with the high unemployment rate, a housing crunch and political stagnation expressed itself mainly in the form of an electoral boycott. Young voters dominate the 23-million-member electorate, but many stayed away or said they...

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