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Algeria President Abdelaziz Bouteflika goes down this month, state media say



A press release from the president's office said that Bouteflika would take several "important measures to ensure the continuity of the state's institutions during the transition period", reports APS.

Protesters have urged the 82-year-old to give up power in weeks. Bouteflies that came to power two decades ago are widely believed to be incapable of disease; Critics say he has left the toes of Africa's largest country in the hands of a civil-military elite.

Algerians first entered the street in mass protests against the upcoming presidential election, where Bouteflika originally planned to run. The government announced on March 1
1 that Bouteflika would no longer seek a fifth term and that the elections on April 18 should be postponed.
The withdrawal message comes almost a week after Algerian army chief urged Bouteflika to step down. He quoted a provision of the Constitution which states that if the President's health prevents him from performing his function, the Presidential Office shall be declared vacant.

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