The veteran head of state has rarely been seen in public since a stroke in 2013 [Francois Mori/AP]

More than 1,000 judges have refused to oversee Algeria‘s April 18 election if President Abdelaziz Bouteflika takes part in it.

Coming more than two weeks after anti-Bouteflika protests broke out across the North African country on February 22, the judges said in a statement published on Sunday that they were forming a new association “to restore the gift of justice”.

“We announce our intention to abstain from … supervising the election process against the will of the people, which is

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