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Algeria’s Bouteflika Says he Won’t Contest for Fifth Term

National Times – Algeria’s octogenarian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has backed down from his intention to run for a fifth term after massive peaceful protests that threatened to paralyze the country.

The news of the President’s intention to back down was made public by the official Algeria Press Service (APS). According to the news agency, on Monday 10 March the president issued a letter stating he won’t run for another term, as well as postponing the April 18 elections.

University students and other Algerians had organized massive protest after the President announced his bid to run for fifth term of office.

Bouteflika has ruled Algeria for more than two decades and has rarely been seen in public since 2013 after he suffered a stroke.

Bouteflika, like Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, was among one of the oldest and longest serving presidents in the world.

 

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