Algeria’s Bouteflika drops bid for fifth term after protests

Celebratory honking of car horns ran out in the centre of Algiers, after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he would not seek re-election © AFP / RYAD KRAMDI
Algiers, Algeria, Mar 11 – Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced Monday he is dropping his bid for a fifth term in office, scrapping the upcoming elections altogether after weeks of protests against his candidacy.
“Peacefully, we have overthrown the puppet!” people sang in Algiers following the president’s decision.
Celebratory h…