By Sudarsan Raghavan | Washington Put up
TUNIS, Tunisia – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has delayed subsequent month’s elections and won’t search a fifth time period in workplace, a surprising turnaround that arrived after weeks of huge avenue protests within the North African nation.
The choice, introduced by the nation’s official information company, got here a day after the ailing Bouteflika returned to the capital Algiers from Switzerland, the place he had been receiving medical therapy for the previous two weeks.
The elections, scheduled for April 18, shall be postponed till a brand new interim management is established and might plan for a brand new vote, the information company reported citing Algerian authorities.
The unique determination by Bouteflika to run for a fifth time period propelled tens of 1000’s of Algerians to the streets demanding he rescind his determination.
The 82-year-old chief, who’s wheel-chair sure, has been not often seen in public since he suffered a stroke six years in the past. He has led the nation, a significant oil and fuel producer, for 20 years.