Demonstrators gather in Algerian capital as Bouteflika cling

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in central Algiers on Friday, increasing pressure on President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika to resign days after the army's leadership called for his dismissal, Reuters reported.

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Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Ahmed Jad Salah on Tuesday asked the Constitutional Council to rule whether the 82-year-old sick president was fit for president.

Bouteflika, facing the biggest crisis in his 20-year rule, has failed to appease the Algerians by clinging to power.

"Demonstrators will continue to press the street until the regime goes," said Mohammed, a 25-year-old university student.

The agency notes that the protesters have ambitious demands. They want to overthrow a full political system and replace it with a new generation of leaders capable of modernizing the oil-dependent state and giving hope to a people seeking a better life.

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