The opposition party in Algeria on Friday announced it would boycott April’s presidential election over its objection to a possible fifth term for ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
“Multiple violations of the constitution and the continued repression of freedoms have done away with all credibility” of the upcoming poll, the secular Rally for Culture and Democracy party said.
RCD spokesman, Yassine Aissiouane, said, “There will be no election but an appointment of the head of state”.
In power since 1999, 81-year-old Bouteflika uses a wheelchair and has rarely been seen in public since a stroke in 2013.
The president has not yet confirmed whether he will seek a new mandate, but he received an endorsement on Thursday from Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia’s National Rally for Democracy party.
Presidential candidates have until March 3 to submit their applications.
The head of Bouteflika’s National Liberation Front has said the president would be the party’s candidate in the April 18 poll.
Algeria’s oldest opposition party, the Front of Socialist Forces, announced on January 25 it would not put forward a candidate for the election and called for an “active, intensive and peaceful boycott” of the ballot.