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.
"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."
(With Inputs from APO)