Algeria presses ahead with election amid protests

Algeria is set to hold a contentious presidential election on December 12, despite demonstrations against the poll led by protesters who want wide-scale political reform before any vote. Five candidates, all erstwhile associates of deposed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, are competing to replace the longtime ruler who was forced out by the military[…]

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Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigns after mass protests

Longtime president says he quit to let citizens ‘take Algeria to the better future they aspire to’. Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has resigned with immediate effect, according to state media, ceding power in the face of massive street protests against his 20-year rule. The ailing, 82-year-old leader announced he was stepping down in a[…]

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Tens of thousands protest president’s bid for fifth term

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Algeria on Friday against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term, the largest demonstrations in years. Police helicopters circled overhead as protesters gathered in streets and parks of the capital, Algiers after midday Muslim prayer services. Riot police vans lined the boulevard leading to the presidential[…]

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