Algerian journalists take part in a demonstration
Algerian journalists take part in a demonstration against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika outside the headquarters of the country's national television in Algiers on March 25, 2019. Image Credit: AFP

Algiers - Algerian President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika’s own party is rejecting his plans for a national conference aimed at quelling mass protests against his leadership.

The spokesman for the FLN party said Sunday on private TV channel Dzair News that the conference idea is “no longer valid” because it would involve unelected figures and the protesters reject it.

Spokesman Hocine Khaldoun said the solution to Algeria’s political crisis is “the election of a president capable of talking to the people.”

The comments mark a new blow to 82-year-old Bouteflika, who has barely been seen in public since a 2013 stroke and has faced a month of protests.

Bouteflika cancelled an April 18 election but proposed the national conference made up of various representatives of society to prepare new elections.