Algeria protests: Thousands denounce president’s bid for fifth term

Image caption The protests are thought to be the largest since the Arab Spring – BBC

(BBC News) – Thousands in Algeria have taken to the streets angry at 81-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plan to seek a fifth term in office.

Anti-government protests are rare in Algeria but several broke out after Mr Bouteflika confirmed his candidacy.

He has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013 and is currently undergoing medical tests in Switzerland.

As they marched through the streets of Algiers, some demonstrators carried banners saying “leave means leave”. Others stressed their intentions were peaceful.

“Twenty years are enough,” said one woman, quoted by AFP news agency, who was joined by her husband and children.

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