Algeria/March 14, 2019/ Frank Ikpefan, Abuja /No Comment/120 views /Algeria Algerians Protest Bouteflika Decision to Delay Electionsshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel Though his decision not to seek a fifth term sparked celebrations, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s move to delay elections has Algerians up in arms. Many want a quick transition after Bouteflika’s 20-year rule. Thousands protested in Algeria on Tuesday against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to delay presidential elections indefinitely. Hundreds of demonstrators, most of them students, gathered at the Grande Poste D’Alger Square in the nation’s capital of Algiers, saying Bouteflika was just “playing with words.” “The students are resisting the extension of the fourth mandate,” they chanted. Huge crowds also gathered in several other cities in the country, including the Mediterranean port of Bejaia, where Ennahar TV reported workers began a strike that paralyzed operations there. Protests are expected nationwide on Friday. ALSO READ Algeria: Former Colonial Power France Silent on Algerian ProtestsBouteflika, 82, announced on Monday that he would not seek a fifth term, bowing to weeks of mass demonstrations against his two-decade-long rule, but stopped short of stepping down. He also postponed an April 18 election without setting a new date, a move that could leave him in power indefinitely. Threatening democracy His decision to withdraw his candidacy sparked celebrations on Monday, though many called it only a first step. Critics fear that the president’s maneuver to delay elections threatens democracy and could pave the way for him to handpick a successor. More on This Protestors on Tuesday demanded quicker action from the Algerian government, adept at manipulating opposition groups, might attempt to weaken and divide the protests. ALSO READ Africa: Kylian Mbappe Wins Young Player Of The Year at Ballon d'Or“The whole system must disappear immediately. Our battle will continue,” Noureddine Habi, a 25-year-old student, told Reuters news agency in Algiers. Protests erupted last month against Bouteflika’s plans to seek a fifth term, drawing millions to the streets. Young people in Algeria have been at the forefront of the demonstrations against the Algerian president, whose government is filled with other veterans of the 1954-1962 war of independence against France. ‘Reasonable duration’ to transition Bouteflika is expected to name Lakhdar Brahimi, a prominent international peacemaker who worked as a UN mediator in Syria, to lead a new “national conference” aimed at setting a new election date and drafting a new constitution. The appointment of Brahimi, who is also in his 80s, could ease concerns of foreign allies, but many critics have dismissed him as a has-been who has spent too much time abroad to understand Algeria’s current situation. ALSO READ Algeria And The 2017 African Cup Of NationsFrance, who has a large Algerian population, have been watching the developments closely. French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said Bouteflika’s announcement opened a new chapter for the North African country, but called for a “reasonable duration” to the transition period. “I think it’s a sign of maturity. We will do everything to accompany Algeria in this transition with friendship and respect.” Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Algeria share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleVIDEO: In Wake of Criticism, Bobi Wine Composes New Song on His Fiscal Policynext articleTwitter Stories: South African man is in a dilemma after impregnating his friend’s girlfriend while the friend was in prisonRelated Posts11 shares Algeria/March 20, 2019 /No Comment Algeria: Doctors, Students Protest as New Deputy PM Promises Change8 shares Algeria/March 20, 2019 /No Comment Nigeria: NNPC to Extend Gas Supply Line to Algeria, Advances Northern Oil SearchTunisia: Algeria Protest Leaders Tell Army to Stay Out of PoliticsAlgeria/Gambia: Algeria Vs Gambia – Ex-Spain Striker Nuha Replaces JallowAlgeria: Trade Unions Refuse to Back New Prime MinisterAlgeria: Envoy Seeks to Explain Unrest at Home to U.S. AuthoritiesAlgeria: Large Protests Continue Across Algeria for 4th FridayAfrica: Algeria’s Protests and Migration – the Fearmongers Have It WrongAlgeria: How Millennials Used Humour and Creativity to Force Abdelalziz Bouteflika to Stand AsideAlgeria: Protests Unabated in Algeria Despite President’s Promise to Leave Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.