Protests in Algeria

Hundreds of students demonstrated in the Algerian capital amid the closure of several shops in Algiers, while other states are witnessing a strike in response to opposition calls.


Hundreds of students took to the streets of the Algerian capital on Sunday in the latest opposition to the candidacy of Abdel Aziz Bouteflika, Sky News reported.

The Algerian opposition called for a general strike and civil disobedience on Monday to press the Constitutional Council to stop the candidacy of Bouteflika, 82, who has ruled the country since 1999, has been ill for years.

The protests come after two days of demonstrations, the largest against the candidacy of Bouteflika in the elections scheduled for May 18 next, where about half a million protesters took to the streets of the capital, according to police figures.

The plane of Algerian President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika landed at the Quentin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, and there was no immediate sign of an ambulance or official motorcade carrying Bouteflika.



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