A former Algerian official has shocked the country by claiming the ailing president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 80, would run for a fifth term, according to the London-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi.
Farouk Ksentini, former head of the human rights protection committee of the Algerian presidency, stated Bouteflika told him that he wanted a fifth five-year term after 2019.
Ksentini added that Bouteflika’s health was good and he had the right to run for a fifth term as long as the constitution allows him to do so.
Bouteflika scrapped constitutional rules in 2008 limiting presidents to two terms in office, and won disputed elections the following year with 90 per cent of the vote.
The presidency denied the story was genuine. — MiddleEastEye