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Is US supporting Bouteflika's bid for reelection?

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    Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged Washington’s “security assistance” to Algeria in a bid to contain growing al Qaeda-linked militancy in the vast Sahel region in the south of the African country.

    Kerry, who arrived in Algeria on Wednesday, met with top officials of the country on Thursday before departing for the neighboring North African country of Morocco.

    Kerry was originally scheduled to visit Algeria late last year but arrived just weeks before Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika runs for a controversial re-election despite his serious health condition.

    Some in the Algerian opposition described the timing of Kerry’s visit as odd, saying it was an indirect statement of support for Bouteflika’s re-election bid.

    U.S. pledges security assistance to Algeria | Al Bawaba

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