In the midst of the greatest danger to his 20-year rule, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika arrived at an airbase southwest of the capital, Algiers, as per state media.
His aircraft on Sunday flew into the Boufarik military air terminal from the Swiss city of Geneva, where the 82-year-old pioneer – whose offer to look for a fifth term has been met with extraordinary dissents – had a two weeks medical trip ,Ennahar TV said.
State TV conveyed an announcement from the administration saying he had returned to Algeria after routine restorative checks.
Pictures later demonstrated a guard withdrawing airport.
The president, who is bound to a wheelchair, has once in a while been found openly since enduring a stroke in 2013,prompting critics to question whether he is being used as a puppet candidate by a faction of civilian and military figures.
Massive protests started on February 22 to upbraid Bouteflika’s arrangements to broaden his standard in the April 18 polls.
Bouteflika has offered to restrict his term after the election and has promised to change the “framework” that runs the nation.
The promises, however, have failed to quell public anger, galvanising discontent among different sectors, particularly students and other young people.
Some long-time allies of Bouteflika, including members of the ruling FLN party, have expressed support for the protesters, revealing cracks within a ruling elite long seen as invincible.
In the clearest sign yet that the officers identify with protesters, the head of staff said the military and the general population had an assembled vision of things to come, state TV revealed.
Lieutenant General Gaid Salah did not specify the unrest.”Bouteflika’s framework is finished,” said an analyst on Ennahar, which is near the president’s inward circle.
Students have been at the core of the protests and more rallies occurred on Sunday in Algiers, where a huge number of banner waving supporters poured onto the avenues yelling mottos, for example, “Bouteflika, there will be no fifth term.
“Many shops in the capital were closed and inhabitants said train administrations had been suspended.
“We have rampaged today to challenge a fifth presidential term. We are against a fifth term. This is sufficient,” nonconformist Zakaria revealed to Reuters news office before the Central Postal Office.
“We need Bouteflika and all his mafia to leave. They need to leave this nation,” included Salim, a high school student among a great many individuals demonstrating on Sunday.