The party leaders of the Presidential Alliance announced on Saturday in Algiers that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will be their candidate for the presidential elections on April 18.
In a joint statement approving their meeting, these parties stressed that their agreement on the candidacy of the outgoing president stemmed from a conviction to “achieve the objectives expected by the presidential alliance, to support President Bouteflika and accompany his program to pursue the process of reforms and development”.
The leaders of the four parties of the Alliance have similarly indicated that the next presidential election was “a decisive political meeting for the future of the country that should be invested in the consecration of national solidarity, the support unity of the people, strengthening the culture of reconciliation”.
The meeting brought together the coordinator of the National Liberation Front (FLN), Mouad Bouchareb, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Rally (RND), Ahmed Ouyahia, the president of the Algerian Popular Movement (MPA), Amara Benyounes and the President of Tadjamoue Amel El Djazair (TAJ), Amar Ghoul.
This is the first time that the four parties of the Alliance formally announce the candidacy of the Head of State. So far, they have been content to call him to run for another term.
President Bouteflika should formalize his candidacy in the coming days through a letter-program to Algerians, had previously emphasized Ahmed Ouyahia, Prime Minister and General Secretary of RND.