Algeria's Bouteflika Sworn In For Fourth Term: State TV

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April 28, 2014 AT 9:12 AM
Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sworn in for a fourth five-year term on Monday after he easily won an election opponents dismissed as fraudulently returning the ailing 77-year-old to power. State television showed Bouteflika sitting in a wheelchair to take the oath and give a brief statement in one of his rare public appearances since a stroke last year that raised questions about his ability to govern. "I thank the Algerian people for their renewed confidence," Bouteflika said in a weak voice, in his first public speech for at least two years. "The April 17 election was a victory for democracy. It was a lesson in democracy."