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Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika drops bid for fifth term

March 12, 2019 5:15 am

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has postponed the 18 April presidential elections and said he will not seek a fifth term in office.

President Bouteflika’s candidacy had provoked mass protests across Algeria over the past few weeks.

He has led Algeria for 20 years but has been rarely seen in public since he suffered a stroke in 2013.

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No new date for the election was set. Mr Bouteflika, 82, said a cabinet reshuffle would take place soon.

Algeria’s Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia announced his resignation and was replaced by Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui, the official APS news agency reported.

Mr Bedoui has been tasked with forming a new government, according to APS.

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