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Algerians protest Bouteflika’s bid for fifth term in office

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Algerians protest Bouteflika’s bid for fifth term in office Protest Algiers, Feb. 16, 2019 (dpa/NNN) Hundreds of Algerians on Saturday took to the streets in northern Algeria, to protest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s intention to run for a fifth term in office. Peaceful rallies were staged in some provinces of the North African […]

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Algerians protest Bouteflika’s bid for fifth term in office

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Algiers, Feb. 16, 2019 (dpa/NNN) Hundreds of Algerians on Saturday took to the streets in northern Algeria, to protest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s intention to run for a fifth term in office.

Peaceful rallies were staged in some provinces of the North African country’s northern Kabylie region.

The protesters demanded that Bouteflika backtrack on his decision to run for president in the April 18 election.

They raised black-coloured flags and chanted slogans denouncing the political conditions in the country.

On Sunday, Bouteflika announced his intention to run for a fifth term in office, putting an end to months of uncertainty caused by his poor health.

Bouteflika has promised that if re-elected, he will institute political, economic and social reforms.

The 81-year-old president, who has been in power since 1999, suffered a stroke in 2013, report says he is rarely seen in public.

In recent years, Algeria’s finances have been hurt by the global drop in oil prices, prompting cuts in state subsidies.

Bouteflika is the only president in North Africa, who was spared in the pro-democracy uprisings of the Arab Spring that started in neighbouring Tunisia in 2010.

At the time, his government contained pro-democracy protests with promises of reform and pay raises, financed by the country’s revenues from oil and gas. (dpa/NNN)

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Algerians embark on protest, demand ouster of officials from ex-president Bouteflika’s era

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Thousands of Algerian protesters took to the streets demanding the ouster of officials from ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s era in the early hours of Friday.



This is happening as the country marked the 65th anniversary of the country’s fight for independence from France.


Algeria marks Revolution Day on Nov. 1, commemorating the start of the war of independence against France in 1954.


On Thursday evening, hundreds of protesters started arriving in the capital Algiers to join the anti-government rallies, worried that roads would be blocked in the morning.


Many spent the night in the streets repeating slogans demanding “the departure of Bouteflika’s regime.”


One banner read: “Algeria was freed, and the people now struggle to free themselves.”


“No elections under gang rule,” protesters chanted, in response to an address by interim president, Abdelkader Bensalah, on Thursday evening, where he urged people to mobilise to ensure successful presidential elections on Dec.12.


In April, Bouteflika was forced to resign under pressure from street protests and the influential military.


Protests have since continued, mainly in Algiers, demanding an overhaul of the country’s political system and the departure of Bouteflika-era officials, including Bensalah and the powerful military chief of staff, Gaid Salah, before new presidential elections are held.


(Edited by Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim)

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Algerian protesters want Bouteflika to resign

Algerians calling for the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. They were keeping up the pressure after weeks of protests that threaten to topple him and the ruling elite which has helped keep him in power for 20 years. Bouteflika, one of the veterans of the 1954 to 1962 war of independence against France who dominate […]

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calling for the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

They were keeping up the pressure after weeks of protests that threaten to topple him and the ruling elite which has

helped keep him in power for 20 years.

Bouteflika, one of the veterans of the 1954 to 1962 war of independence against France who dominate the country,

bowed to protesters this month by reversing a decision to seek another term and postponing elections that had been scheduled for April.

But Bouteflika stopped short of quitting as head of state and said he would stay on until a new constitution is adopted, effectively extending

his current term.

The move failed to placate hundreds of thousands of Algerians who have taken to the streets for nearly five weeks to demand that Bouteflika

quit along with his allies.

Some key partners such as members of his ruling party and business tycoons have abandoned Bouteflika, increasing the isolation of a leader

who has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013

“The system must go. There is no point for it in resisting,” said Belkacem Abidi, 25, one of the thousands of protesters, most of them students,

who gathered in downtown Algiers on Tuesday.

Even if Bouteflika is pushed out, Algerians could face uncertainty for some time before a new president emerges to head the vast North

African country, a major oil and gas producer.

One of the most important factors is the position of the powerful military, which could act as kingmaker, as it has done in past decades.

So far the chief of staff has distanced the army from Bouteflika and commended protesters.

Any direct action to help Algerians oust him could be perceived as a military coup by an institution which prefers to manipulate politics

 

 

 

 

 

 

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