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Thousands of Algerian students protest as Bouteflika prepares to return home

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By ITN News Editor March 11, 2019 12:54

Thousands of Algerian students protest as Bouteflika prepares to return home

Thousands gathered in central Algiers to challenge President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s 20-year-old rule.Tens of thousands of people of all social classes have protested over the past three weeks over his decision to stand in April’s election. Bouteflika is expected to return to Algeria on Sunday after two weeks in a Swiss hospital and an Algerian government plane landed at Geneva’s Cointrin airport earlier in the day.There was no immediate sign of any ambulance or motorcade carrying the 82-year-old Bouteflika.

The ailing president has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.For years, rumours have swirled about potential successors to Bouteflika, but no one credible has emerged who has the backing of the army and elite and is not in their 70s or 80s.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 11, 2019 12:54

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