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First appearance of Bouteflika since the beginning of manifestations

Bouteflika is invisible since the demonstrations in Algeria. A video of the Algerian television show the first appearance of the Algerian president for a very long time …. Bouteflika’s last speech dates back to 2012. And in general, these are press releases that are read on television. The images released Monday night will not reassure the Algerians, given the critical condition of their president, who has still not announced when he will give up power.

Bouteflika received on Monday Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, who handed him his resignation. The Algerian President announced Monday the postponement of the presidential election of April 18, 2019 and his decision not to seek a fifth term as supreme magistrate.

In a message to the nation released by the press agency “APS”, Bouteflika also announced the holding of the presidential election “in the wake of the inclusive and independent national conference”, as well as the formation of a “government” of national competences.

He acknowledged that Algeria is going through a sensitive stage of its history, recalling that “on March 8, for the third consecutive Friday, important popular marches took place across the country”. He said he understood “in particular the message of young people in terms of both anguish and ambition for their own future and that of the country.”

“There will be no fifth term and it was never discussed for me, my state of health and my age not assigning me as an ultimate duty to the Algerian people that the contribution to the foundation of the foundations of ‘a new Republic as part of the new Algerian system that we all hope,” said the Algerian President. But how long will Bouteflika stay?

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