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Russia: Intervention in Algerian politics would be wrong

Algerians argue that the 82-year-old Boutefliqa cannot manage the country well because of health problems and age.

The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who discussed the political developments in Algeria, stated that what is happening in Algeria is a domestic matter of the country and that it should not be intervened externally.

After weeks of protests in Algeria, President Abdulaziz Buteflika resigned after 20 years in office.

According to Sputnik, Peskov said that the Kremlin has carefully followed the developments in Algeria and expects the events not to affect bilateral relations.

Russia and Algeria have friendly relations based on past and mutual interests, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently visited the country.  “We have many joint projects in the field of economics. We believe that there are domestic issues and that countries should not be interfered with. We hope that these will not affect our bilateral relations,” Peskov added.

Algerian President Abdulaziz Buteflika announced that he resigned after the army called for his resignation. The Algerian media reported that Buteflika, who has been ruling the country since 1999, has announced his resignation to the Constitutional Council.

Protests had erupted in the country after the President of Algeria had announced that he was the fifth candidate for the presidency. Following the protests, Buteflika announced that the April 18 presidential election was postponed and he would not be a candidate for the fifth term. The Algerians protested his candidacy, stating that 82-year-old President Buteflika could not manage the country well because of his health problems and his age.

Under the Algerian constitution, Abdelqader Bensaleh, chairman of the parliamentary top wing, will serve as interim president until the new election is held.

TUNA AYBURC
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