Bouteflika to hand power to elected president


Algeria’s new deputy prime minister says President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will hand over power to an elected president.

Speaking at talks in Moscow, Ramatane Lamamra said the opposition would be allowed to join the cabinet to oversee a presidential election.

Russia has warned against foreign interference in Algeria, which has been rocked by nearly a month of protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika seeking re-election.

Friday’s protest in Algiers was the biggest in memory, the BBC’s Mohamed Arezki Himeur in Algiers said. Families and people of all ages packed out the capital’s boulevards.

Mr Bouteflika, who’s been in office since 1999, has abandoned his bid for a fifth term in office and postponed next month’s election.

He said a national conference would decide on political reforms and pave the way for a new president. But protesters want the ailing president to step down immediately.