Algerian Opposition supports popular movement against Bouteflika
In their meeting at the headquarters of the Justice and Development Front party in Algiers, the opposition groups announced their support for the popular movement until its goals are achieved and called on “honourable lawmakers to quit parliament.’’
In a statement, they called for holding a national meeting to face the authority’s “real threat to the national stability.’’
“The authority cannot continue against the will of the people and the constitution, and it is not qualified to lead a transitional period in the country,’’ they said.
The opposition’s meeting comes as teachers protested Wednesday outside the central post office in Algiers and other cities against Bouteflika’s decision to postpone elections slated for April 18.
In the past weeks, the opposition had failed to agree on a joint candidate to run in the elections.
On Monday, Bouteflika announced that he was renouncing his bid for a fifth term in office and postponed the elections indefinitely.
Thousands of Algerians took to the streets on Tuesday to protest the move, which they said was a trick to allow the 82-year-old leader to remain in power.
Bouteflika’s decision was also seen by observers as violating the constitution, which has no article that justifies staying longer in power.
The wheelchair-bound octogenarian returned home on March 10, from a two-week medical trip to Switzerland.