Algerian opposition offers a roadmap to get out of the crisis

Algerian opposition and Islamist parties have presented a road map that includes the formation of a presidential body, in order to get out of the political crisis in the country.

Algerian opposition parties and trade unions on Saturday proposed a "road map" to find a solution to the political crisis and weeks of protests sparked by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to continue ruling.

The road map includes a "presidential body" that runs the country and is made up of "credible and efficient national figures."

According to the document, which was seen by Agence France-Presse that "the members of the body may not run in the upcoming presidential election or to support any candidate."

The meeting was attended by Ben Ali Benfellis, the main opponent of the president, who served as Bouteflika's prime minister between 2000 and 2003 before turning against him and joining the opposition, and the Movement for a Peace Society, the most prominent Islamic party in Algeria.

Bouteflika, 82, announced on February 22 his candidacy for a fifth term in the presidential election scheduled for April 18, despite doubts about his health ability to rule the country, triggering angry demonstrations across the country.

But Bouteflika, who has been on a wheelchair and has only rarely appeared since a stroke in 2013, announced in early March that he was withdrawing his candidacy and postponing the elections, meaning he would continue to rule until new presidential elections are held.



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