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Tags: ML | Algeria | Protests

Algeria President's Offer to Protesters Fails to Quell Anger

Algeria President's Offer to Protesters Fails to Quell Anger

Monday, 04 March 2019 04:37 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Angry Algerians have protested into the night despite President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's offer of a new constitution and a truncated next term.

Crowds of mainly young protesters faced off with riot police in Algiers late Sunday and early Monday after Bouteflika's campaign manager formalized the longtime leader's candidacy for a fifth term in the April 18 election. Demonstrations were also held in other cities.

Bouteflika has barely been seen in public since a 2013 stroke and is facing protests over his leadership. He said Sunday in a statement that if he's re-elected, he would hold a referendum on a new constitution and call an early election in which he wouldn't run.

Protesters don't want him to run at all, and described his offer as a ploy to remain in power.

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Angry Algerians have protested into the night despite President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's offer of a new constitution and a truncated next term.Crowds of mainly young protesters faced off with riot police in Algiers late Sunday and early Monday after Bouteflika's campaign...
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Monday, 04 March 2019 04:37 AM
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