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Algeria protests continue for sixth week in a row

Thousands of students, doctors and civil servants stage a protest to demand President Abdelaziz Bouteflika step from power, in front of Central Post Office Square in Algiers, Algeria on 19 March, 2019 [Farouk Batiche/Anadolu Agency]
Thousands of students, doctors and civil servants stage a protest to demand President Abdelaziz Bouteflika step from power, in front of Central Post Office Square in Algiers, Algeria on 19 March, 2019 [Farouk Batiche/Anadolu Agency]

Thousands of Algerians protested for the sixth week in a row rejecting the extension of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s fourth term.

Local media reported yesterday that the employees of the Youth and Sports Ministry have joined the popular movement demanding Bouteflika not extend his fourth term.

The ministry’s employees gathered outside the ministry’s headquarters in the capital, Algiers, chanting slogans against the extension of Bouteflika’s term and condemning the postponement of presidential elections.

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Meanwhile, thousands of municipal workers from various neighbouring states led by trade unions gathered yesterday morning in the capital to support the popular movement.

The participants raised banners condemning the ruling political system and demanding Bouteflika step down.

The Al-Khabar newspaper said security forces prevented the workers from continuing their march.

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