Algeria’s 82-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has postponed the 18 April 2019 presidential elections. In a statement on Monday, he also said he will not seek a fifth term in office. Bouteflika in the statement said,”There will be no fifth term. There was never any question of it for me. Given my state of health and age, my last duty towards the Algerian people was always contributing to the foundation of a new Republic.”
Since he made his intention known to run for a fifth term, there have mass protests across Algeria over the past few weeks.Bouteflika has been President of Algeria for 20 years but has been rarely seen in public since he suffered a stroke in 2013. Though no new date for the election was set, the President’s statement noted that there will be a cabinet reshuffle soon. Meanwhile, Algeria’s Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia announced his resignation and he has been replaced by Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui.