Ailing Bouteflika sworn in as Algeria president for fourth term

Monday 28 April 2014 21.38
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika pictured in 2009
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika pictured in 2009

Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been sworn in as Algeria's president for a fourth term, in a televised ceremony after his re-election in a campaign he was too sick to participate in.

Sitting in a wheelchair, Mr Bouteflika placed his right hand on the Koran as he repeated in a frail voice the oath read out by a judge, before saying his election was a "victory for the state".

Mr Bouteflika, who was also in a wheelchair when he cast his own vote on election day, has hardly been seen in public since a mini-stroke which confined him to hospital in Paris for three months last year.

Keywords: algeria