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A presidential election was held in Algeria on 9 April 2009.


Removal of term limit

The Council of Ministers announced on 3 November 2008 that a planned constitutional revision would remove the two-term limit on the Presidency that was previously included in Article 74, thereby enabling President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a third term.[1] The People's National Assembly endorsed the removal of the term limit on 12 November 2008; only the Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD) voted against its removal.[2]


Thirteen candidates had submitted papers to contest the election, but only six were approved:[3]

Although some urged former President Liamine Zéroual to run, he said in a published statement on 14 January 2009 that he would not, while also suggesting that it was not in the best interests of democracy for President Bouteflika to run for a third term.[4]

RCD President Saïd Sadi announced on 15 January 2009 that the RCD would not participate in the election, which he described as a "pathetic and dangerous circus", saying that to participate "would be tantamount to complicity in an operation of national humiliation".[2]

Bouteflika announced his independent candidacy for a third term at a rally in Algiers on 12 February 2009,[5] and he officially submitted his candidacy on 23 February, shortly before the deadline.[6]


e • d  Summary of the 9 April 2009 Algerian presidential election results
Candidates and parties votes %
Abdelaziz BouteflikaNational Liberation Front 12,911,705 90.24
Louisa HanouneWorkers' Party 604,258 4.22
Moussa Touati – Algerian National Front 330,570 2.31
Djahid Younsi – Movement for National Reform 176,674 1.37
Ali Fawzi RebaineAhd 54 133,129 0.93
Mohammed Said – Party of Justice and Liberty 132,242 0.92
Invalid votes 1,042,727 7.25
Total (turnout 74.54%) 15,351,305  


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