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11 March 2019 Algeria President Bouteflika renounces his bid to seek a 5th term as president

On 11 March, President of the Republic of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika sent a message to the nation in which he announced the postponement of the Presidential Elections of 18 April 2019, and his decision to renounce his bid to seek a 5th term as president. He recognized the “pressing demand” of the protesters after weeks of mass demonstrations against his plan to extend his 20-year rule.  During the last week, the protests in Algeria had collected the support of a large number of social classes and generations. On 9 March Algerian authorities decided to anticipate the spring holidays at universities in response to the massive participations of students at the protests against Bouteflika’s re-elections. On 10 March 1000 judges published a statement in which they refuse to oversee the next elections if Bouteflika is one of the candidates. “We announce our intention to abstain from supervising the election process against the will of the people, which is the only source of power,” the statement read. Massive celebrations flowed in the streets of the capital, Algiers, even though Bouteflika did not give a date or timeline for the delayed election. A few long-time allies of the president, including members of the FLN party, expressed support for the protesters, revealing cracks within the ruling elite.