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Algerians are casting their votes in presidential elections that are likely to lead to Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s fourth mandate, despite wide expections of a low turnout and amid calls for a boycott with the opposition warning of rigged results,Aljazera reports

Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Abdelaziz Bouteflika

More than 260,000 police have been deployed to protect the 50,000 polling booths opening on Thursday across Africa’s largest country, where 23 million Algerians are eligible to vote in a contest between six candidates.

Bouteflika, 77, who is seeking to extend his 15-year rule despite chronic health problems, is the firm favourite.

He has appeared only rarely on television in recent months, looking frail, after suffering a mini-stroke last year which confined him to hospital in France for three months.