Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has announced he will seek re-election in April.
Bouteflika faces growing dissent
The government El Moujahid newspaper quoted the president as saying he would like to continue his economic reforms.
Mr Bouteflika is viewed as favourite to win against the former prime minister and one-time confidante, Ali Benfliss, and Islamic contender Djab Allah.
President Bouteflika came to power five year ago when he stood as sole candidate after an opposition boycott.
President Bouteflika is credited with having brought a degree of security and economic stability to a country in which 150,000 people have died in a decade of civil unrest.
However, his critics say that while suppressing Islamic rebels, the president has also used his position to increase his personal hold on power.
Opposition figures have formed a "front against fraud," on the look-out for any manipulation of April's elections.
Disgruntled Berber groups in the troubled Kabylie region have already vowed to boycott the poll.