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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika casts his vote

17 April 2014 Last updated at 14:02 BST

Polls have opened in Algeria where incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seeking a fourth term in office.

The 77-year-old leader has rarely appeared in public since suffering a stroke last year and has not campaigned personally ahead of the election.

The BBC's Carine Torbey reports that despite his recent health issues Mr Bouteflika is favourite to win.