Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika drops bid for fifth term in office

82-year old Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has postponed the April 18th presidential elections adding that he will not seek a fifth term in office.

President Bouteflika’s candidacy had provoked mass protests across Algeria over the past few weeks after ruling 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 but a cabinet reshuffle will happen soon, a statement in Mr Bouteflika’s name said.

 

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