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Algeria’s President Bouteflika pulls out of race for 5th term

Algerian-president-Abdelaziz_Bouteflika-1024x675Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his withdrawal Monday from a bid to win another term in office and postponed an April 18 election, following weeks of protests against his candidacy, AFP confirms.

Bouteflika, in a message carried by national news agency APS, said the presidential poll would follow a national conference on political and constitutional reform to be carried out by the end of 2019.

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