President Bouteflika is pledging $150 billion to create jobs. Algerian young people – an estimated 70 percent of whom can't find work – are getting impatient.
Amid the whites, oranges, and purples of his flower garden, Mohamed Tiarti's wilting hope for political change mirrors the sentiment of many Algerians.
The government claimed extraordinarily high voter turnout, although polling stations were largely empty Thursday.
President Bouteflika's quest for a third term is prompting concerns that he is poised to become North Africa's newest strongman.
President Sarkozy's launches his project Sunday of building a 44-state union in the region.