Looking at the political life of Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika

The 82-year-old's decision to withdraw from the upcoming presidential race comes amid widespread anger over his candidacy.

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    Algeria's longest serving president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, will not be seeking a fifth term following weeks of protests against his candidacy.

    Rarely seen in public since suffering a stroke six years ago, Bouteflika, who was elected president in 1999, said on Monday that a government reshuffle would also take place soon.

    The dramatic developments followed weeks of mass demonstrations against Bouteflika's plan to extend his 20-year rule in power.

    Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra takes a look at Bouteflika's political life.


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