Bouteflika announces delay of presidential elections in Algeria

Algerian President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika announced on Monday the postponement of presidential elections in the country scheduled to be held next April, stressing that he is not running for a fifth term.

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Algerian news agency quoted Bouteflika as saying that the presidential election scheduled for April 18, 2019, was postponed.

Bouteflika said: "My health and age allow me only to perform my last duty towards the people," noting that "I had no intention of ever running for the presidential election."

"I understand the message of the Algerian youth," Bouteflika said, adding: "I will present the draft constitution prepared by the National Seminar for the popular referendum, the organization of presidential elections will take place after a comprehensive national dialogue."

The Algerian president returned to his country on Sunday evening after spending two weeks in a Swiss hospital "for routine medical tests," according to the Algerian presidency.

Bouteflika, 82 years old, traveled to Geneva on February 24, two days after tens of thousands of Algerians protests against his candidacy for a fifth term.

The source: Sky News

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