Algeria on Bouteflika: "No to a fourth term, 15 years is enough"
Protestors chanted "no to a fourth term" and "15 years is enough" during the demonstrations in Algiers this weekend (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
Demonstrators in Algeria's capital were dispersed by police Saturday for conducting protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's re-election bid, according to Agence France Presse.
Many Algerians have been organizing in recent weeks against the 77-year-old leader's bid for a fourth term, with protestors chanting "no to a fourth term" and "15 years is enough."
Saturday's protest included journalists and rights activists and represents a growing opposition movement that has presence both in the streets and online within social media networks.
One activist, Said Sadi who is the former head of the secular opposition Rally for Culture and Democracy Party has called on Algerians to "deligitimise" April's elections and pursue a political transition similar to Tunisia's that took place earlier this year. Former Algerian Premier Mouloud Hamrouche also called for a "peaceful change of regime" publicly within the past weeks, saying that the current leadership is "no longer capable of running the country."
There is growing concern that Bouteflika, who has been in power since 1999, will not even be able to physically run the country due to his ailing health. The Algerian leader has only chaired two cabinet meetings since his stroke last July left him hospitalized for three months in Paris and has not spoken in public for almost two years.
Bouteflika registered his bid for the presidency last week despite speculation that he would not run for a fourth term due to his ailing health.
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