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Algeria's President Bouteflika renounced candidacy

After weeks of mass protests declared Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, his renunciation of a candidacy. This is the state news Agency APS reported on Monday evening. The for the 18. April's planned presidential election would be postponed.

triggered the announcement for a fifth term to run in Algeria, the largest mass protests since more than 20 years. For the past three weeks, hundreds of thousands of people to go against the candidacy of Bouteflika's, since the 20 years in the office, on the road.

The 82-Year-old returned on Sunday from Geneva to Algeria. Bouteflika had undergone there, according to official data, routine medical examinations. Bouteflika has been sitting for a stroke in 2013, in a wheelchair, and hardly occurs is still open to the public.

More than 1000 judges threatened in a statement, they would not oversee the presidential election in a month's time, should accept the constitutional court the candidacy of the 82-Year-old.

On Monday, students, judges and lawyers continued their protests. A one-day General strike had connected on Sunday, more and more owners of smaller shops on Sunday, as well as employees of public companies.

Meanwhile, religious authorities in Algeria, close to the protests and thus increase the pressure on the President and his environment. The national Council of independent imams called on the Ministry of Religious Affairs, not in the internal Affairs of the mosques to interfere. Recently there had been reports, according to which imams arrested had been, to keep loyal to the government sermons.

In a letter that was read after the official filing of candidate documents, had announced Bouteflika democratic reforms should he be re-elected. He also announced that for this case, new elections in which he would not fight again.

Update the following... (sep/AFP)

Created: 11.03.2019, 18:39 PM

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