On Friday, Algerian businessman Rachid Nekkaz, who had unsuccessfully tried to stand as a candidate in the upcoming elections, was arrested after staging a protest with several dozen supporters outside HUG and then pushing inside to demand information about Bouteflika's condition. His critics say it's an apt symbol of the current state of his presidency - accusing members of his party and the military of using Bouteflika as a figurehead to maintain power as Algeria's economy stagnates. Citizens have scored a first victory with the announcement that the name of the country's incapacitated president won't be put up for a fifth term.
President Bouteflika has postponed the April 18 presidential elections with no new date for the election was set.
The influential El Watan newspaper on Tuesday carried a banner headline suggesting that Bouteflika's move to drop his bid for a fifth term was merely a "ploy". There was never any question of it for me.
Bouteflika said his last duty would be to contribute to the founding of a new system that will be in "the hands of a new generation of Algerians".
Tens of thousands of people from all social classes had demonstrated almost daily against his plan to run for re-election, rejecting a political system dominated for nearly 60 years by veterans of the independence war against France.
Many shops in Algiers were closed and residents said train services had been suspended.
After criticizing Algeria's enemies both inside and outside the country, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, sent a letter, Monday, that highlighted the love between the army and the Algerian people.
Top clerics have also criticised pressure on them to issue pro-government sermons. "Leave us to do our job, don't interfere", cleric Imam Djamel Ghoul, leader of an independent group of clerics, told journalists.
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Muscat: Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika has announced that he will not run for a fifth term as president of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. "Delaying the elections doesn't mean they're cancelled; it's a tactic to maintain the status quo, at least temporarily".
Concerns over Bouteflika's health began during his second term in 2005, when he secretly entered the Val de Grace military hospital in Paris for a bleeding ulcer.
He has over the years since his stroke become a virtual recluse.
- 2014: He wins the presidential election a fourth time and takes the oath in a wheelchair.
What has the reaction been?
Thousands of Algerians shared the same concerns that the decision is just a way to allow Bouteflika to stay in power for an indefinite period.
"We were waiting for the Algerian power to find a ruse to stay in place", said North Africa analyst Khadija Mohsen-Finan of the French Institute for worldwide and Strategic Affairs, suggesting this is exactly what happened.