Algeria president virtually absent since election year ago despite grave challenges

April 17, 2015 11:52 AM

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Algeria president virtually absent since election year ago despite grave challenges

FILE - In this April 28, 2014 file photo, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, sitting in a wheelchair, applauds after taking the oath as President in Algiers. One year after he was re-elected to a fourth term, the absence of Algeria’s stroke-hit president from daily life is being felt more keenly than ever as this oil-rich North African nation is facing unprecedented economic and political challenges. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this April 17, 2014 file photo, Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, sitting on a wheelchair, votes in the presidential elections in Algiers. One year after he was re-elected to a fourth term, the absence of Algeria’s stroke-hit president from daily life is being felt more keenly than...

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