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No 5th term for Bouteflika

Since Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced on February 10 that he would run for a fifth presidential term, Algerians – and especially young people – have taken to the streets in large numbers to protest and demand change. There is no question for them of keeping in power a president in charge since 1999 and with health issues.

It took him almost a month, after tenacious and peaceful demonstrations, to finally announce on March 3 the withdrawal of his candidacy and the indefinite postponement of the presidential elections. A first victory for Algerians who are not fooled by this: how long will this postponement last and, consequently, Bouteflika’s survival in power?

There is still a long way to go and the various opposition political movements (including the Islamist movement) will have to organise themselves to propose a credible alternative… But everything suggests that Algeria is closing a cycle of its history to open a new one.

To see our previous weekly editorials on international news, take a look here!

  • LE HIC (Algérie / Algérie), El Watan
    No 5th term for Bouteflika - LE HIC (Algérie / Algérie), El Watan
    "Protests in all Algerian universities"
  • KHALID GUEDDAR (Maroc / Morocco)
    No 5th term for Bouteflika - KHALID GUEDDAR (Maroc / Morocco)
  • HERRMANN (Suisse / Switzerland), La Tribune de Genève
    No 5th term for Bouteflika - HERRMANN (Suisse / Switzerland), La Tribune de Genève
    "Algeria: Bouteflika contested" "New blood! Out! Get out of here!" "We just transfused him!"
  • VADOT (Belgique / Belgium), Le Vif
    No 5th term for Bouteflika - VADOT (Belgique / Belgium), Le Vif
    "I understood you!" "Out! Out! Get out of here! To the hospice! Fossil!"
  • CHAPPATTE (Suisse / Switzerland), Le Temps
    No 5th term for Bouteflika - CHAPPATTE (Suisse / Switzerland), Le Temps
    "We have to give him time, but he's ready to give up his wheelchair!"
  • SOULCIE (France), Télérama
    No 5th term for Bouteflika - SOULCIE (France), Télérama
  • WILLY ZEKID (Congo)
    No 5th term for Bouteflika - WILLY ZEKID (Congo)
    "Bouteflika gives up running for a 5th term, but..." "I would just like to ensure the transition that will organize the referendum..." "A small transition of 3, 4... or even 5 years!"
  • YAS (France)
    No 5th term for Bouteflika - YAS (France)
  • SHERIF ARAFA (Egypte / Egypt)
    No 5th term for Bouteflika - SHERIF ARAFA (Egypte / Egypt)
  • JIHO (France), Marianne
    No 5th term for Bouteflika - JIHO (France), Marianne
    "Algeria: real elections coming soon?" "Does anyone know how to do it?"
  • LE HIC (Algérie / Algérie), El Watan
  • KHALID GUEDDAR (Maroc / Morocco)
  • HERRMANN (Suisse / Switzerland), La Tribune de Genève
  • VADOT (Belgique / Belgium), Le Vif
  • CHAPPATTE (Suisse / Switzerland), Le Temps
  • SOULCIE (France), Télérama
  • WILLY ZEKID (Congo)
  • YAS (France)
  • SHERIF ARAFA (Egypte / Egypt)
  • JIHO (France), Marianne