Hundreds of Protesters in Algiers Against Abdelaziz Bouteflika's 5th Term

Several hundred demonstrators gathered in the streets of Algiers this Friday, February 22 against a 5th term of Abdelaziz Bouteflika. – RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

"No 5th mandate!", "Ni Bouteflika ni Said (Brother of the Head of State" or "Ouyahia, dégage!" (Named after the Prime Minister) .These are the slogans that several hundred protesters opposed to the Abdelaziz Bouteflika's new candidacy chanted in the streets of Algiers on Friday afternoon, but since 2001 protests have been banned in the heart of the city.

Any attempt to gather is usually quickly prevented within the Algerian capital. Several calls to protest this Friday against the idea of ​​a 5th term for the outgoing president were launched on social networks, without the movement appears for the time very structured.

81 years old, including 20 at the head of the state

Several other gatherings were reported in the morning, the largest in Annaba, about 400 km east of Algiers. The Algerian press also reported widespread protests in Oran, the second largest city in the country, about 400 km west of Algiers, Tiaret and Relizane (respectively 200 and 250 km southwest of the capital). ) and Sétif (200 km south-east of Algiers).

The current Algerian head of state, in office for 20 years and aged 81, announced on February 10 to run for another term in the presidential election next April. Victim of a stroke in 2013 and wheelchair since, Abdelaziz Bouteflika will surrender
in Geneva this Sunday to perform medical examinations.