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Topic - Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Algerians went to the polls Thursday to elect the president of their oil-rich country, a key U.S. ally in the fight against terror and a major natural gas provider to Europe. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to win, despite suffering a stroke that left him unable to campaign for a fourth term in office.
Algeria's president has insisted there are no divisions in the military following articles in the media indicating problems between the powerful intelligence agency and the army chief of staff.
In Algeria, which has been run by a succession of military men for decades, presidential elections often are foregone conclusion. But not this year.
The Algerian president's office agreed Tuesday to lift a 19-year state of emergency in a bid to defuse spiraling and potentially dangerous discontent across the nation.
Heavily outnumbered by riot police, thousands of Algerians defied government warnings and dodged barricades to rally in their capital Saturday, demanding democratic reforms a day after mass protests toppled Egypt's autocratic ruler.
Algeria will lift the state of emergency that has been in effect since 1992 in the "very near future," the country's president was quoted as saying Thursday.
The Algerian government on Wednesday warned that it will be the opposition's fault if a pro-democracy protest later this month turns violent.
Even so, demonstrations still won't be allowed in the capital of Algiers, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said, according to state media.
Last week, mindful of the Tunisian and Egyptian protests, Bouteflika said the state of emergency would be lifted in the "very near future."