Algerian President Drops Bid For Fifth Term After Weeks Of Protests

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has postponed the 18 April Presidential Elections and said he will not seek a fifth term in office.

President Bouteflika’s candidacy had provoked mass protests across Algeria over the past few weeks.

He has led Algeria for 20 years but has been rarely seen in public since he suffered a stroke in 2013.

No new date for the election was set. A cabinet reshuffle will happen soon.

There was no suggestion in the announcement that the President intends to step down before a rescheduled election.

Pressure mounted on Mr Bouteflika to withdraw when more than 1,000 Judges said on Monday they would refuse to oversee the planned general election were he is a candidate.

Then the Military’s Chief of Staff, LT Gen Gaed Salah, said the military and the people had a united vision of the future.

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