Algerians allowed to protest President Bouteflika
Algerian authorities allowed demonstrators to gather and protest against President Bouteflika for the first time, the Associated Press reports.
Roughly 100 people from Barakat movement were permitted to protest on Saturday without police interference. Members of the group were protesting President Bouteflika’s decision to run for a 4th term in Algeria’s upcoming presidential elections.
Bouteflika is one of six candidates approved for the April 17th elections and is expected to win. Opponents worry that his ailing health will hinder him from preforming his presidential duties.
The current president, age 77, spent three months in a French hospital after suffering a stroke last year and reportedly now has trouble speaking and moving.