British FM welcomes presidential elections in Algeria

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Saturday welcomed the "peaceful" vote in Algerian presidential elections and congratulated the winner on re-election, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) announced Saturday.

Algeria's incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has won a fourth term with more than 80 percent of the votes, the country's Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz announced on Friday.

"I congratulate the Algerian people on their elections and President Bouteflika on the result. We welcome the peaceful and orderly vote, and the commitment of the Algerian authorities to an inclusive dialogue about future constitutional reforms in line with the wishes and aspirations of the Algerian people." Hague said in a statement.

The foreign secretary added that the British government reiterates its firm commitment to building a strong and enduring partnership between Britain and Algeria in many areas, such as security, prosperity, promotion of the English language and cultural and educational links.

Bouteflika, 77, has made rare public appearance after a minor stroke last year. He had been widely expected to win the re-election with the support of the military and the ruling Front de Liberation Nationale party.

Official results showed Bouteflika garnered 81.53 percent of the votes, while his main rival Ali Benflis came second with 12.18 percent. Endi

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