March 20, 2019 / 2:32 PM / 5 months ago

Algeria's Bouteflika will step down after new vote: deputy PM

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a meeting with army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gaid Salah in Algiers, Algeria, in this handout still image taken from a TV footage released on March 11, 2019. Algerian TV /Handout via Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will hand over power to a democratically elected successor after a new constitution is approved and a national conference is held, Deputy Prime Minister Ramtane Lamamra said on Wednesday.

“The plan to get out of this situation, the plan which President Bouteflika presented on March 11, states that the president is committed not to run in any new election and that the collective, independent national conference is the one to fix the date of this election,” he told a news conference in Berlin.

“Once this national conference happens ... and a new constitution is in place ... a presidential election will be held and by then the term of President Bouteflika will expire and the presidency will be handed over to the person elected by the Algerian people,” Lamamra said.

Reporting by Riham Alkousaa and Michelle Martin; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Catherine Evans

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