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Tags: ML | Algeria | Protests

New Anti-Bouteflika Protests Take Place in Algeria's Capital

Sunday, 24 February 2019 09:37 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Algeria's capital for the second time this week to denounce ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term.

Two days after major street demonstrations that took place across the country, police said some 800 protesters took to the streets on Sunday, answering a call from political movement Mouwatana, or Citizenship. Organizers said 2,000 people attended.

Amid a large security presence, protesters chanted anti-Bouteflika slogans and asked for more freedom before police used tear gas to disperse protesters.

Demonstrations have been rare in Algiers since the 81-year-old Bouteflika came to power, but the announcement this month that he would seek a new term in the April presidential election despite serious questions over his fitness for office has caused a public outcry.

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Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Algeria's capital for the second time this week to denounce ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term.Two days after major street demonstrations that took place across the country, police said some 800 protesters...
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Sunday, 24 February 2019 09:37 AM
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