Rabat, Feb. 11 -- In power since 1999, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is down for a fifth term as president after receiving support from his ruling party, the National Liberation Front (FLN).

On Saturday, the FLN coordinator, Mouad Bouchareb, said that FLN "designated President Bouteflika as the party's candidate."

On Sunday Bouteflika announced his determination to run for a fifth term.

He said that he agreed to run "in response to all pleas and calls."

While some activists question Bouteflika's decision, the Algerian president said that "the firm willpower to serve" his country has never left him.

".It will enable me to overcome difficulties related to illness," said Bouteflika, acknowledging that he is no "longer as physi...