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Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Will No Longer Seek Re-election

The 82-year-old leader has dropped out of the race following mass protests, and has announced a complete "reshuffling" of the government.

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will no longer seek re-election, following ongoing anti-government protests.

The 82-year-old president, who has been in office for two decades, was planning to run for a fifth term before announcing today that he would no longer run and that the upcoming elections, slated for April 18, will be delayed, though a new date has not been announced. He also stated that government "reshuffle" would take place, according to Al Jazeera.


"There will be no fifth term," Bouteflika was quoted as saying in a statement. "There was never any question of it for me. Given my state of health and age, my last duty towards the Algerian people was always contributing to the foundation of a new Republic." He also added that the government transition would happen towards the end of 2019, following a national conference on political reform

Protests broke out late last month, amid news that Bouteflika, whose health has been deteriorating since suffering a stroke in 2013, planned to run for re-election. His claim that he would step down, if he were to win the election, did little to appease protestors.

The country's prime minister Ahmed Ouyahia also stepped down on Monday. He has been replaced by Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui, who will spearhead the reshuffle, according to BBC Africa.

Though many have expressed concern over the process surrounding the transition of power and the lack of a clear election date, several Algerians have reacted to the news on social media, with many viewing it as a significant political milestone for the country.




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Anti-Government Protests Intensify Among Algerian Students

Thousands of Algerian students are protesting against a presidential election scheduled for December 12th.

Thousands of students in Algeria have again taken to the streets of the capital city Algiers to protest the presidential election set to take place tomorrow.

Aljazeera reports that weeks of protests have seen students, now joined by workers, demanding political reforms and a removal of the political elite from the Algerian government.

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Five African Soccer Players Have Been Shortlisted for the 2019 Ballon d'Or

The thirty-man shortlist includes Egypt's Mohamed Salah, Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Algeria's Riyad Mahrez and Senegalese duo Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane.

Forbes reports that the official shortlist for the Ballon d'Or, the so-called "Oscars" of professional soccer, has been released. The thirty-man list features five African players including Egypt's Mohamed Salah, Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Algeria's Riyad Mahrez and Senegalese duo Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane. Established in 1956, the prestigious award was previously only given to Europe-based players. However, it is now awarded to the best player in the world.

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The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Makwa x Maraza x AKA, Joeboy, Zlatan, Nadia Nakia, TOBi x The Game, Yilian Canizares, Aewon Wolf and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Trump Plans to Extend Travel Ban to Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea & Three Other Countries

Here's what the travel ban could mean for these nations.

On Tuesday it was announced that Donald Trump's administration plans to extend its infamous travel ban to include seven new countries, many of them in Africa.

The countries named on the list, include Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and the Eastern European nation of Belarus. Politico first broke the news.

According to The Washington Post, the move would likely not be a complete ban on citizens looking to enter the US, however it could place various visa restrictions on some government officials and on those seeking certain type of visitor and business visas.

Some nations could also be banned from participation in the diversity travel lottery program, which grants green cards. Trump has threatened to sack the program in the past.

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