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Algerian President Bouteflika steps back from another term after huge public pressure

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Staff Writer | Saturday March 16, 2019 8:10PM ET
Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Africa   President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

The decision of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to withdraw his bid for a fifth term in the upcoming presidential election was a big relief to the country.


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The ailing 82-year-old president decided to end his bid for another term in office, after having ruled the country for 20 years, in the wake of widespread demonstrations against his candidacy for another term.

The timing of his cancellation of his candidacy coincided with his recent medical check-up in Switzerland, where he conducted a thorough physical examination that may reveal that he is not in the best of health.

The medical report on his health may, therefore, have a lot to do with his decision to abandon the next presidential election ostensibly to comply with the wishes of the demonstrators.

Yet the ending of the candidacy of Bouteflika may not be the end game anyway since the presidential election is being put on hold and postponed till another date that has yet to be announced. Moreover, a new constitution is being contemplated, to be adopted by a referendum at a date that also has yet to be announced.

 

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