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Protests Continue in Algeria

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Thousands are protesting in Algeria against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid to continue his reign and are calling for Bouteflika to step down and rejecting his offer to not serve a full term after elections in April.

“Game over” read one poster. “System – go away” said another.

The unrest poses the biggest challenge the president, who has held office since 1999, has faced.

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in cities around Algeria in the largest protests since the 2011 Arab Spring, calling on Bouteflika, 82, not to submit election papers for the April 18 election.