Algeria's president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, saying that he will go before his mandate expires 28. april. The he writes in a statement, according to news agency APS.
The aging and sygdomssvækkede Bouteflika, who for weeks has been under great pressure to resign, says he will take 'important decisions' in order to ensure continuity in the institutions of the state, before he comes back.
There have been massive demonstrations against the 82-year-old Bouteflika, who is bound to a wheelchair and can hardly speak. The protesters believe that he is merely the puppet of a powerful elite, who really control the country.
Algeria has in the past six weeks has been marked by large protests against the Bouteflikas control. Friday was about a million people on the streets of the capital Algiers.
Protestors have demanded that the Bouteflika go of.
There should have been elections in Algeria on 18. april, but it is now postponed indefinitely.
Many of the Bouteflikas opponents believe that the postponement of the elections is a ploy by the regime.
The outgoing president appointed on Sunday a new government.