Presidential elections could be postponed as Algeria’s president flies back home

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Abdelaziz Bouteflika's airplane parked in Geneva's airport

The Gulfstream IV aircraft belonging to the Algerian government took off this Sunday at around 4 P.M from Geneva airport where it had landed a few hours earlier, at 9:44 this morning, according to Sky news reports.

According to Reuters and the Swiss newspaper Tribune de Genève, President Bouteflika should be among the passengers of the presidential plane and return to Algeria on Sunday. The plane is likely to land at the Blida military airport, near the Zéralda residence where the ailing president lives. It is from this same airport that the presidential plane took off this morning at 7:52.

The decision to postpone the presidential elections scheduled for next April has been taken according to reliable sources and will be announced after an imminent cabinet reshuffle. This remains to be confirmed officially by the Algerian authorities.

According to the same sources, the postponement of the presidential elections of April 18th will be announced in an official statement after the president’s return.

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