in the face of massive protests in Algeria, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has announced in a surprise move, the upcoming presidential election. He is relieved a fifth term in office.

The 82-Year-old said in a state news Agency APS common message to the Nation. The choice was for the 18. April provided.

“I have followed the developments ( … ), and I understand the motivations of the many citizens that use this kind of expression,” said Bouteflika. Hundreds of thousands of people had protested in the last weeks, in Algeria – not seen for more than 20 years.

A new Republic with a new System should arise. “This new Republic, and this new System will be in the hands of new generations of Algerians and Algerians,” said Bouteflika. He was not seeking a fifth term.

Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia had submitted his resignation as APS reported. President Bouteflika had previously announced fundamental Changes in the government. As a successor, the President appointed the former interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui, he also commissioned the formation of a new government.

With a presidential decree created Bouteflika in addition, the function of Deputy heads of government. For this office, the President appointed the former Minister of foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra.

In the past three weeks, there had been violent protests against Bouteflika, after he had announced that for a fifth term running. Bouteflika was returned on Sunday from a prolonged hospital stay in Switzerland, to Algeria. The 82-Year-old’s health since a stroke in 2013, in a wheelchair. He recently appeared in Public.

Also on Monday, protests against a fifth term in office, had been continued across the country. Many Algerians see Bouteflika is only the puppet of an Elite of business, military and Algerian Clans. Bouteflika was elected 20 years ago as the preferred candidate of the military to the President. Previously had withdrawn its candidates from the election.

Bouteflika was supposed to be a the country after the so-called Black decade of the 1990s. In the bloody civil war, 60,000 and 200,000 people

dpa died, depending on the estimates between

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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