World Bulletin / News Desk
Incumbent Algerian President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika has no interest in running for a fourth term as president, Amar Saadani, secretary-general of the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN), said on Monday.
"Bouteflika had only responded to calls by Algerians across the nation for him to run for reelection," Saadani told a press conference in Arzew city in the northwestern Oran province.
Algeria's presidential race kicked off Sunday amid an acute political crisis, with opposition parties and activists staging rallies against Bouteflika's reelection bid.
"Bouteflika doesn't want the top post, but calls by Algerians and other pressures forced him to run anyway," Saadani said.
Although there are five other presidential candidates besides the 77-year-old Bouteflika, observers expect former Algerian prime minister Ali Benflis to be the incumbent leader's strongest electoral rival.
Islamist party boycotts Algeria's presidential election
The banned Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) on Monday boycotted next month's presidential election in Algeria.
In a statement, the FIS said that the election results "are already fixed for a certain candidate" – in reference to incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The front argued that the elections "will not solve the country's political crisis, but rather would pose a threat to the state's security and stability and the unity of the people, homeland and army".
Four parties have already boycotted the presidential ballot, which is set for April 17.
Algerian politician Ahmed Benbitour has also announced his withdrawal from the presidential race, describing the upcoming polls as "political piracy."Last Mod: 01 Nisan 2014, 09:58