March 12, 2019 / 8:51 AM / 11 days ago

Macron calls for 'reasonable' transition period in Algeria

DJIBOUTI, March 12 (Reuters) - France’s Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to abandon his quest for a fifth term in power opened a new chapter in the country’s history and called for a “reasonable duration” to the transition period.

Bouteflika late on Monday bowed to weeks of mass demonstrations against his 20-year rule but also postponed an election due in April, promising social and economic reforms in the former French colony.

Macron gave no details on what he considered a reasonable transition period. (Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Richard Lough)

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