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Date:07 Mar 2019
#AlgeriaElections: Mass protest against re-election bid by incumbent president

Algeria is set to go to the polls on April 19 to elect a new leader who will steer the affairs of the country for the next 5years. Amongst the field of contenders includes the incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who plans to run for a fifth term in office 


The bid by the The 82-year old leader, who has been in office since 1999 and rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013 has sparked student rallies and other protests considered to be of one of the nation’s largest displays of public dissent since its war of independence from France in 1962 with the people have demanding that he withdraw his name.


In an attempt to calm the public anger, President Bouteflika  in a written statement said if he was elected, he will truncate his term and call for a national conference to set a date for another election that he would not contest.  This however has not appeased protesters who have rejected the offer and have taken to the streets calling for him to leave office.


According to the AFP news agency, nearly 200 protesters and 56 police officers have been injured already, with one individual dying of a heart attack.


The president, has rarely been seen in public after suffering from a stroke in 2013, and has yet to address the nation in years. As a result of the stroke, he has largely been incapacitated, and has left the country’s reins in the hands of a military and civilian elite. 


In spite of the growing dissatisfaction amongst the public, poll watchers believe the president is in the lead to win this year’s election, as he had won the last election of 2014 without any personal campaigning.



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