According to the announcement by Algeria’s President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to forgo a fifth term, are again passed numerous people on the street. Motorists held Hupkonzerte, demonstrators waved Algerian flags.

In the euphoria also critical tones mixed. Opposition politicians and activists have warned of excessive joy, and criticize that Bouteflika extended by a decree of his term of office for an indefinite period of time.

On Monday evening announced Bouteflika, surprisingly, to dispense with a further term of office. The for the 18. April’s planned presidential election would be postponed, it said in a statement by the President. The announcement to re-election fight, had led to the largest mass protests in Algeria for more than 20 years.

on the evening Bouteflika had given birth by the decree of the election Committee of its duties. A national conference was supposed to advise on possible reforms, draw up a new Constitution and set a date for the next presidential election.

in Addition, Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia had submitted his resignation. The former Minister of the interior Noureddine Bedoui was used by the President as the new Prime Minister and the formation of a new government is commissioned.

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.


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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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