Thousands protested in Algeria on Tuesday against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to delay presidential elections indefinitely. Hundreds of demonstrators, most of them students, gathered at the Grande Poste D’Alger Square in the nation’s capital of Algiers, saying Bouteflika was just “playing with words.” “The students are resisting the extension of the fourth mandate,” they chanted. Huge crowds also gathered in several other cities in the country, including the Mediterranean port of Bejaia, where Ennahar TV reported workers began a strike that paralyzed operations there. Protests are expected nationwide on Friday. Bouteflika, 82, announced on Monday that he would not seek a fifth term, bowing to weeks of mass demonstrations against his two-decade-long rule, but stopped short of stepping down. He also postponed an April 18 election without setting a new date, a move that could leave him in power indefinitely. Threatening democracy His decision to withdraw his candidacy sparked celebrations on Monday, though many called it only a first step. Critics fear that the president’s maneuver to delay elections threatens democracy and could pave the way for him to handpick a successor. Bouteflika wants to oversee Algeria’s political transition after 20 years in power Protesters on Tuesday demanded quicker action from the… Read full this story
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