Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, on Sunday (February 24th) for “periodic medical checks,” the Algerian presidency said on Thursday, quoted by the official news agency.
This move will be short-lived, said the same source in a brief statement without giving more details. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who announced his official candidacy for a fifth presidential term on February 10, acknowledged that he “no longer has the same physical strengths as before”.
While noting that his country faces many constraints, including those related to population growth, the growing needs, the erosion of external financial resources, the uncertainties of the global economy, unrest regional and international, but also to the appearance in Algerian society of conduct contrary to the principles of integrity and the moral values of respect for work and sense of effort, the Head of State, in power since 1999, assured that, if elected, he will set up an “inclusive national conference” whose objective will be the development of a “political, economic and social platform”.
Since the official announcement of this controversial candidacy, several events have been organized across Algeria against the fifth term. The movement snowballed in Chlef and Algiers, first, Bordj Bou-Arréridj, then, before spreading in other parts of deep Algeria in the image of Oran, Annaba , Biskra, Tizi Ouzou, Batna, Oum El-Bouaghi, El-Tarf and Bejaia.