During his first two terms in office, Bouteflika, who first

During his first two terms in office, Bouteflika, who first

  came to power in 1999, won praise for steering his country back to stability followin

g “the black decade” of the 1990s when a bloody civil war left more than 150,000 dead.

  Bouteflika won a third term in 2009 — despite ongoing health problems — in a landslide victory which opposition can

didates labeled a “charade.” Algerian lawmakers, loyal to the president, paved the way for Bouteflika to run again by cha

nging the country’s constitution which previously capped presidential limits at two terms.

  Even though he suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since, he won

a fourth term in 2014. However, as another election looms, popular disillusionment has spiraled ove

r the undemocratic rule of le pouvoir, or the power, as the establishment clique propping up Bouteflika is known.

  While there were some smaller protests against his election in 2014, enough is finally eno

ugh for Algerians, according to Dalia Ghanem, an Algerian resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center.

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