The relatively weak Algerian opposition has often said that the 76-year-old, who suffered a stroke last year, lacks the physical abilities to prolong his 15-year rule of country.
However, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal denied that Bouteflika's health is an issue when he confirmed the president's candidacy in the election scheduled for April 17.
According to Sellal, Bouteflika's nomination comes "at the insistence of the people and after some deep reflection."
He was reelected in 2004 before fostering a constitutional amendment that allowed him to run in the 2009 and 2014 polls.
Nonetheless, there is no apparent competition in the upcoming election, especially with the National Liberation Front’s strong backing among unions and civil society organizations.
Algerian elections law requires presidential nominees to obtain no fewer than 600 signatures from members of the parliament and local councils or the signatures of 60,000 voters to contend for the presidency.