The Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announces his fifth candidacy. In spite of his health problems the 81-year-old politician will be the candidate for the April 18 election.
The announcement caused many interrogations around the world. Since 2013, Abdelaziz Bouteflika is very weakened because of on cerebrovascular accident, as a result of which he can’t walk. If he wins the election, the president will hold a press conference in a wheelchair.
For the time being, only Abderrazak Makri, the leader of the Algerian Movement of Society for Peace (MSP), the main Islamist party, and retired general Ali Ghediri, power slayer and hitherto unknown to the Algerian public, have announced their intention to run for the office on 18 April.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been in power for two decades. According to the press, his candidacy puts an end to a “false suspense”. After spending several months in Paris for health reasons, the man would already be the favourite of the vote.
Aurélien Nascimben, IEJ 2C Group 2
Emmanuel Macron made statements which shocked Tuesday on Algerian TV: he described the colonization as a crime against humanity. The far-right reacted immediately, denouncing his words as insulting.
The presidential candidate’s words have not gone unnoticed. In Algeria at the beginning of the week, Emmanuel Macron was invited on an Algerian television set. This is when he described the French colonization as a crime against humanity. We remember Francois Hollande who went to Algiers in 2012, when he denounced this “deeply unjust and brutal system”. Macron even explained that France had to apologize… However, in November, the presidential candidate held quite a different speech, evoking the colonisation as part of the French culture.
Then the youngest candidate of the upcoming election has attracted the wrath of the French right as well as the far right, accusing him of denigrating France and “stabbing the country in the back”. Many personalities have reacted by condemning the remarks of Macron, including François Fillon (still at the heart of a court case concerning his wife, Penelope’s shadow employment) who says that these remarks are “unworthy of a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic”, and Marion Maréchal Le Pen, then in a meeting at the city of Compiègne.
Emmanuel Macron tried to calm the controversy in a video. He took the opportunity to call for a new relationship with Algeria, a proposition that would probably go unnoticed without the controversial reference to colonization.
Aurélie Robert, IEJ 3C