The Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has announced that he will not be contesting for the presidential elections after mass protests broke out across the country against his rule.
Last Friday, tens of thousands of Algerians took to the streets against Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term as president. According to state television, over a hundred policemen were injured and more than two hundred people were detained by security forces during the protests. Bouteflika, who has been in power for two decades, was in Geneva at the time for a two-week medical leave. He returned to Algeria on Sunday.
In a statement released by his office on Monday, the 82-year-old president also postponed the elections that were scheduled to take place on April 18, hoping that it would calm tensions.