Algerian premier to quit to run Bouteflika election campaign: source

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Posted: Mar 12, 2014 4:02 PM

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal will resign on Thursday to become campaign director for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ageing independence leader who is running for re-election, a source close to the presidency said on Wednesday.

Bouteflika, 77, registered his candidacy for the April 17 vote last week, one of the few times he has spoken in public since suffering a stroke last year that has raised opposition questions about his ability to govern.

Sellal will be replaced as premier by Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi, the source told Reuters.

(Reporting by Lamine Chikhi; writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Kevin Liffey)