Bouteflika, Algeria's president for the past 20 years, has announced that he will remain in office after his term ends. The announcement comes after a previous announcement in which Bouteflika declared that he would not be running for a fifth term.
Protests against Bouteflika's presidency have been going on for weeks in Algeria. The message that Bouteflika would not be running for a fifth term was received with much jubilation by protesters before they realised that it meant that Bouteflika would continue his rule unabated. The ailing 82-year-old also scrapped the election set for April 18 and announced he was rolling out reforms through a "national conference". Bouteflika's term expires on April 28.
"I hope that Algeria experiences, in the near future, a harmonious transition and assists handing over the reins to a new generation. This is the ultimate goal that I have committed to making a reality before the end of my presidential journey, at your side and at your service," he said in a statement through the state media.
Bouteflika has not given a schedule of when the national conference will be, only stating that a shake-up in the "political, economic and social systems" would start "in the very near future". In addition, he said that a constitutional review would be put before a referendum which would be "a prelude to a new electoral process that will see the election of a new president."
Algerians have since continued protesting.
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