However, there is one standby candidate waiting in the wings -- Ali Benflis. He was already a candidate in 2004 (6.42%) and 2014 (12.18%). Not exactly the most charismatic candidate and already 74 years old, but at least a real not-too-corrupt politician. But he is not the future of Algeria, and he is also quite often in hospital (just like Bouteflika).
I very much understand that in such countries, new people are not very enthusiastic about stepping forward. But an article I read today implied that a new generation of political figures is finally beginning to coalesce.