Algeria: protesters renew calls for regime change

BBC Newslight

Thousands of Algerians are gathering for the sixth successive Friday of mass anti-government protests.

Earlier this week, Lt Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah called for the position of president to made vacant.

But opposition parties in Algeria said it would not guarantee free elections.

Demonstrations against Mr Bouteflika began last month after the president, who has seldom been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, announced that he would stand for another term.

In response to the demonstrations, the president later agreed not to stand for a fifth term in upcoming elections, which have been delayed.

Protesters called this a cynical move to prolong his two-decade rule and are now calling for the departure of not just the president, but also an entire generation of Algerian political leaders, including those who would be in line to succeed him.

Lt Gen Gaed Salah – who is also deputy defence minister and…

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