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Fresh demonstrations oppose Bouteflika fifth term

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ALGIERS – Anti-government protests resumed in Algeria on Sunday as tens of thousands gathered in the capital and other towns to demand Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika drop plans to stand for a fifth term.

University students in the capital Algiers were being kept behind locked gates by police. Police are also guarding the offices of the Constitutional Council where candidates submit their files.

Bouteflika, 82, said last month that he would run, sparking rare protests. He has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013 and is currently undergoing medical checks in Switzerland. He does not have to be physically present to register his candidacy.

Bouteflika came to power in 1999 and is credited with putting an end to a civil war that is estimated to have killed more than 100,000 people.

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