Algerians protest Bouteflika’s bid for fifth term in office
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)
Edited by Abiodun Oluleye/Ifeyinwa Omowole
Algerians embark on protest, demand ouster of officials from ex-president Bouteflika’s era
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)https://nnn.ng/algerians-embark-on-protest-demand-ouster-of-officials-from-ex-president-bouteflikas-era/
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 […]