Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement:
“Canada is closely following ongoing developments in Algeria. We note the withdrawal of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s candidacy from the presidential race.
“Canada supports democratic, free and fair elections in Algeria and stands ready to support this effort. We encourage the Algerian government to set a new date for elections without delay.
“We reaffirm our close relationship with Algeria and wish peace, stability and prosperity for its people.
“The governance of Algeria, including the choice of the president, is a decision that belongs to the Algerian people.”Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Global Affairs Canada.