Macron Salutes Bouteflika's Decision to Revoke Presidential Bid Amid Protests

© REUTERS / Ramzi BoudinaAlgerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen in Algiers
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen in Algiers - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed on Tuesday the decision of his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to give up his bid to run for fifth consecutive term amid mass protests that rocked the country after the 82-year-old leader announced his intention to seek re-election.

"I salute President Bouteflika's decision, which marks a new page [of the Algerian history,]" Macron said at a press conference with Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh, as quoted by the Algerie 1 news outlet.

Macron added that a sensible transition period should be ensured.

Lawyers chant slogans as they gesture near riot police outside the constitutional council during a protest denouncing an offer by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run in elections next month but not to serve a full term if re-elected, in Algiers, Algeria March 7, 2019. - Sputnik International
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The day before, Bouteflika announced his decision not to run in the presidential race and to postpone the vote, initially scheduled for April 18. Moreover, the president said that he would seek major changes to the country's government and that an inclusive and independent national conference would oversee reforms and the drafting of a new constitution.

READ MORE: Algeria's Bouteflika Declares Presidential Vote Postponement, Says Won't Run

Meanwhile, protesters in Algeria have expressed discontent with the fact that Bouteflika did not specify when the postponed election would take place and how long the transition period would last.

READ MORE: Almost 200 Protesters Detained Across Algeria — Reports

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