Bouteflika 'apologises' to Algerians in farewell letter - state media

'I leave the political stage without sadness or fear for the future of our country,' Bouteflika said in the letter released by the APS news agency.

FILE: Algerian students demonstrate in the centre of the capital Algiers on 12 March 2019, one day after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his withdrawal from a bid to win another term in office and postponed an 18 April election, following weeks of protests against his candidacy. Picture: AFP

ALGIERS - Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday offered his "apologies" to the Algerian people in a letter published by state media, after he resigned as president in the face of huge protests.

"I leave the political stage without sadness or fear for the future of our country," Bouteflika said in the letter released by the APS news agency.