Protesters demand quick political change in Algeria

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Published on March 12, 2019 - Duration: 00:45s

Protesters demand quick political change in Algeria

Algerian students gathered in central Algiers on Tuesday (March 12) demanding immediate political changes a day after ailing President Abelaziz Bouteflika abandoned his bid for a fifth term in power but stopped short of stepping down.

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Protesters demand quick political change in Algeria

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Algerian students gathered in central Algiers on Tuesday (March 12) to protest against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after he abandoned his bid for a fifth term in power on Monday (March 11) and postponed an election that had been set for April.

Bowing to weeks of mass demonstrations against his 20-year rule by people demanding a new era of politics in a country dominated by an old guard, Bouteflika said his last duty would be to contribute to the founding of a new system that will be in "the hands of a new generation of Algerians".

However, Bouteflika stopped short of immediately stepping down and will remain in power for some time yet, pending a national conference on political change.

Bouteflika, 82, has ruled for 20 years but has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.

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