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Hundreds of Algerians stage fresh protests against President Bouteflika’s 5th term bid

Protest Algiers, March 1, 2019 (dpa/NNN) Hundreds of people took to the streets in several parts of Algeria on Friday in protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth five-year term in office. The latest protests in a series of anti-Bouteflika rallies came in response to calls from anonymous online activists. Protesters chanted slogans […]

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Algiers, March 1, 2019 (dpa/NNN) Hundreds of people took to the streets in several parts of Algeria on Friday in protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth five-year term in office.

The latest protests in a series of anti-Bouteflika rallies came in response to calls from anonymous online activists.

Protesters chanted slogans voicing their opposition to the president’s planned candidacy for re-election and to his regime in the north-western province of Tiaret and the north-eastern province of Setif, Algerian media reported.

Security forces closely monitored the demonstrations but did not intervene. No violence was reported.

Large numbers of riot police were deployed in key areas and around state institutions in Algiers ahead of similar protests expected in the capital after Friday prayers.

Security has been tightened mainly around the government offices and the presidential palace, witnesses said.
Opposition politician, Ali Benflis appeared in central Algiers in a gesture of solidarity with the protesters.

Thousands have taken to the streets in Algeria over the past week to protest 81-year-old Bouteflika’s plan to run in next month’s presidential election.

Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and is rarely seen in public.

His campaign manager said this week that the ailing leader would submit his candidacy documents for running in the April 18 election on Sunday, the final day for registration.

On Feb. 22, police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators.

Dozens were arrested for “public disorder, assaulting security forces and damaging property,” according to security sources.

On Thursday, Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, accused unnamed forces of seeking to destabilise Algeria. (dpa/NNN)
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