Rabat – Algerian journalist Hafid Derradji has criticized Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for his decision to run for a fifth term.
In a Facebook post, the beIN Sports journalist commented on Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth term, saying: “ We have started feeling ashamed”
The post, which was shared more than 2,000 times and generated over 26 thousand reactions, questions President Bouteflika’s ability to lead the country giving his age and degrading health. Referring to the Bouteflika’s party announcement that the ailing president will run for a fifth mandate, Derradji said that what happened yesterday is “just a myth.”
“Bouteflika did not run, nor can he make his candidacy, nor campaign, nor even oath,” said Derradji as he cast doubt on Bouteflika’s ability to perform “his constitutional duties.”
Ashamed and miserable
The journalist regretted belonging to a “miserable generation that accepts humiliation.”
“We are ashamed to belong to this miserable generation that accepts humiliation, and is pleased to have its honor and homeland raped by a vicious gang and a renegade who practices the mafia,” he said.
Derradji’s Facebook post is not a one-time expression of accumulated frustration. The journalist is an established critic of the Algerian government’s poor performance on development. In December 2018, Derradji lambasted his country’s unreadiness to host sports events like the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Pointing out that Morocco is “scoring positive points,” in terms of infrastructure, the Algerian said that he feels sorry for his country for not even being able to “ even host a chess competition.” adding that Morocco’s is
Bouteflika clinging to power despite health concerns
Deaf to the mounting criticism facing his regime, especially his ability to lead the country, Bouteflika announced his determination to run for a fifth term on Sunday.
He said that he accepted to run for a fifth term in response to “ all pleas and calls.”
In response to Bouteflika’s decision, a group of Algerian activists launched a campaign using the hashtag “Let_Him_Rest,” implying that Algerian elites pushed Bouteflika to run for the fifth mandate.
On their Facebook page, the activists wrote: “A president who cannot carry out his duties towards the country and the people, a president who does not give speeches, does not sign decrees, does not appoint, does not sack, does not make field visits, does not meet invitations, does not receive heads of state, a [president] who does not declare war and peace is an illegal president according to Article 102 of the Constitution.”
Bouteflika who uses a wheelchair due to a stroke he suffered in 2013, is in power since 1999. His ruling party National Liberation Front (FLN) backs his candidacy. The party says that he is the ideal candidate for the election campaign.