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    Pres. Bouteflika casts ballot in rare public appearance


    by PressTV

    In Algeria, President Abdel-aziz Bouteflika has cast his ballot in the country's presidential election.

    Bouteflika, who's seeking a fourth term in office, cast his vote in a rare public appearance at a polling station in the capital Algiers. The 77-year-old leader suffered a stroke last year, and has not campaigned personally ahead of the election. Bouteflika is facing five other candidates. More than 2-hundred 60-thousand police have been deployed to protect some 50-thousand polling stations across Africa's largest country. About 23 million Algerians are eligible to vote. Some opposition groups have boycotted the election, saying it's unfairly tilted in favor of the ruling party and its allies.