Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika drops bid for fifth term
3 replies, posted
TLDR Algeria's president, who suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen since, announced he will run for a fifth term in office. So the Algerian people were like:
So now he's not running but he's also postponed the election so uhhhhh
The article's picture makes him look like that Bond villain with the cat except this man's cat is invisible.
Hundreds of protesters have marched through the Algerian capital demanding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's immediate resignation.
Protesters are accusing the president of a ploy to prolong his 20-year rule.
Talks have been set up to negotiate Algeria's political future, which will be led by veteran UN diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi.
Why have the protests continued?
The protesters, who chanted "No tricks, Bouteflika", had responded to calls on social media to continue the protests.
One of the messages said: "We will march more determined than ever to end this system, to end this mafia. We want a republican and democratic state.
"No to manipulation, let's be vigilant. The battle is not won."
BBC North Africa correspondent Rana Jawad said that to satisfy the protesters' demands, a timetable for the president's departure was needed.
The fact he's not going for a fifth term is good, but the fact he also just indefinitely delayed next month's elections isn't lost on the protesters
Aaand he's gone
The demonstrations have also called for the whole political system, in which the military plays a significant role, to be overhauled.
Many of the protesters are young and say they want a new system of government.
There were accusations that Mr Bouteflika was being used as a front by "le pouvoir" - a group of businessmen, politicians and military officials - to retain their power.
Elections originally scheduled for 18 April were postponed and the governing National Liberation Front (FLN) vowed to organise a national conference on reforms.
The FLN has ruled Algeria since the country won independence from France in 1962 after seven years of conflict.
Mr Bouteflika, who came to power in 1999, strengthened his grip after a bloody civil war against Islamist insurgents which left 150,000 dead.
The chairman of the upper house of parliament, Abdelkader Bensalah, is expected to become caretaker president for three months until elections.
Sorry, you need to Log In to post a reply to this thread.