Protests forced to abandon the power of the President of Algeria

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika refused to nominate his candidacy for the fifth term against the background of numerous protests, France 24 reported.

On Monday, the 82-year-old Algerian president announced his decision to abandon plans to nominate himself for the fifth presidential term. At the same time, he announced the decision to postpone the elections in the country for a later date.

Initially, they were scheduled for April 18 of this year. Bouteflika said he would create a new government and a special department that would work on a new constitution, which would take into account the demands of the protesters.

Bouteflika, referring to the state of his health and his age, writes that he only needs to fulfill the “last duty” to the population of the country: “Lay the foundations of a new republic, which will become the basis for the new Algerian regime.” He explains the postponement of elections by the need to ensure “calm and public safety.”

Recall that on February 10, 2019 Bouteflika announced his candidacy in the presidential elections in Algeria. This decision provoked protest activity, residents dissatisfied with this decision took to the streets of large cities of the country.

The fact is that 82-year-old Bouteflika has been the head of state for 20 years.

In 2013, the President of Algeria spent several weeks in a hospital in France after a stroke. Since then, he rarely appears in public and moves in a wheelchair.

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