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Algeria: Mass protests expected against decision to delay election

People attend a demonstration to protest against candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a 5th term in Algiers, Algeria on 4 March 2019 [Farouk Batiche/Anadolu Agency]
People attend a demonstration to protest against candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a 5th term in Algiers, Algeria on 4 March 2019 [Farouk Batiche/Anadolu Agency]

Algerian opposition political parties, trade unions and government and private institutions are preparing for the largest peaceful protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to postpone the elections, high-level political sources said.

Demonstrations are expected to launch after Friday prayers on Friday with more than 10 million people taking part across the country, the sources told Al-Khaleej News.

“The march will be the largest and most important in the history of modern Algeria, which demands the abolition of the president’s decisions.”

On Monday, Bouteflika announced that he would not be running for a fifth term and the postponement of the elections.

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