Algerian presidential election date announced day after President Bouteflika returns home from hospital

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika decreed Friday that presidential elections will be held April 17.
Posted By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   Jan. 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM
| License Photo

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika decreed on Friday that presidential elections will be held in April.

Bouteflika signed the Presidential Decree, authorized by Article 133 of the Organic Law on the Electoral System, that sets April 17 as the date for the "convening of the electorate."

The announcement comes a day after the 76-year-old Bouteflika returned to Algiers from Paris, where he received a routine medical check-up that revealed "a marked improvement" in the president's health.

Bouteflika has been president of Algeria since 1999. He has suffered from ill health for years and was hospitalized in Paris for four months in 2013. Although nominated to run again for president, he has not yet accepted the nomination.

[Algeria Press Service]

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Top Stories
Why the fake braces trend may be dangerous for users
Jared Leto 'stopped eating' for his 'Dallas Buyer's Club' role
Kelly LeBrock arrested for DUI
Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady drop $14M on Manhattan home
Brandi Brandt faces drug charges in Australia