Algerian President says he will not run for a fifth term

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced the postponement of the presidential elections and the refusal to run for a new term. Such a statement is contained in his message to the nation, reports on Monday the state news agency APS.

Bouteflika, 82, in particular, announced the postponement of the presidential elections scheduled for April 18 and his decision not to apply for a new term. “There will be no fifth mandate, and this issue has never stood before me in principle,” he said. “My health condition and my age do not contribute to the fulfillment of my duties to the Algerian people, who contribute to the construction of a new republic.” According to the president, “this new republic will be in the hands of new generations of Algerians, who, naturally, will become the main actors and participants in public life and sustainable development in Algeria tomorrow.”

The nomination in February of the ruling coalition Bouteflika for a new term caused mass protests across the country. “There will be no elections on April 18,” the president said. “This decision was made to satisfy the demands of the people.”

Technocrats office

The President of Algeria also promised to make “important changes” in the government in the near future and to initiate the formation of a new cabinet of technocrats. 

“With the goal of greater mobilization of state bodies and increasing the efficiency of the state in all areas, I decided to make serious changes in the government in the very near future,” he said. that I am ready to accept the need to be accountable and responsible at all levels and in all sectors.”

In his message, Bouteflika said that the timing of the new election will be determined during the national conference and after the completion of the process of forming a new Cabinet. 

On Monday, it became known that the head of state appointed a new prime minister.

New constitution

A draft of the country’s new constitution will be drafted and submitted to a nationwide referendum in Algeria, announced Abdelaziz Bouteflika in his message to the nation. 

According to the president, “a new basic law will be developed during a nationwide conference, and then submitted to a referendum.”

The new constitution will replace the previous basic law, adopted in 1989 and reformed in 1996 and 2016. In the latest version, in particular, restrictions for the president were restored by two terms of five years, which was lifted in the interests of Bouteflika in 2008. Therefore, the nomination of the president for a new term after the introduction of these amendments was initially unconstitutional.

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