UN commends Algerians for demonstrations, leading to presidential resignation.

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In the wake of the resignation in Algeria of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the UN Secretary-General saluted ‘the mature and calm nature’ of protests involving hundreds of thousands of citizens who took to the streets peacefully in recent weeks, to express ‘their desire for change.’ In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, António Guterres took note of the 82-year-old president’s decision to resign, after 20 years in power. Mr Bouteflika announced in late February, that he would seek a fifth term in office, despite rarely being seen in public since suffering a stroke, in 2013. Several days ago, the wheelchair-bound leader reportedly reversed his decision, after weeks of peaceful protests in which hundreds-of-thousands of Algerians took to the streets, calling for him to go, and for others in the political elite to step down.

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