Algerians Protest 5th Term Run of President Bouteflika

Published March 4th, 2019 - 08:06 GMT

Demonstrations against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika are intensifying in Algeria. Anger grows against the ailing president's bid for power with tens of thousands taking to the streets calling on the 82-year-old Bouteflika to step down. The protests are peaceful on the whole but small clashes have erupted with the police close to the presidential palace.

The Algeria President is determined to run for a fifth term in office. However, he pledged Sunday not to serve a full term if re-elected in the April polls after huge protests against his bid to extend his 20 years in power.

The ailing leader vowed in an 11th-hour letter read out on state television to organise a "national conference" that would set a date for early polls which he would not contest.

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Protesters hold placards during a sit-in against the Algerian presidential bid for a fifth term in office
GERARD JULIEN / AFP

Protesters hold placards during a sit-in against the Algerian presidential bid for a fifth term in office GERARD JULIEN / AFP

Protesters hold Algerian national flags during a sit-in against the Algerian president's bid for a fifth term in office
GERARD JULIEN / AFP

Protesters hold Algerian national flags during a sit-in against the Algerian president's bid for a fifth term in office GERARD JULIEN / AFP

A woman holds Algerian flags during a rally against ailing Algerian president's decision to stand for a fifth term in office
JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP

A woman holds Algerian flags during a rally against ailing Algerian president's decision to stand for a fifth term in office JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP

Algerian students protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Algerian students protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Members of the security forces stand guard as Algerian students protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Members of the security forces stand guard as Algerian students protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Algerian police stand guard during a demonstration in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Algerian police stand guard during a demonstration in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Algerian protesters use makeshift barriers during clashes with security forces amidst protests against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in power in the capital 
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Algerian protesters use makeshift barriers during clashes with security forces amidst protests against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in power in the capital RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Algerian students scuffle with security forces during a protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Algerian students scuffle with security forces during a protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Algerian protesters attempt to overturn a riot police vehicle during clashes in the capital 
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Algerian protesters attempt to overturn a riot police vehicle during clashes in the capital RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Algerians demonstrate in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Algerians demonstrate in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

Protesters hold placards during a sit-in against the Algerian presidential bid for a fifth term in office
GERARD JULIEN / AFP
Protesters hold Algerian national flags during a sit-in against the Algerian president's bid for a fifth term in office
GERARD JULIEN / AFP
A woman holds Algerian flags during a rally against ailing Algerian president's decision to stand for a fifth term in office
JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP
Algerian students protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Members of the security forces stand guard as Algerian students protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian police stand guard during a demonstration in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian protesters use makeshift barriers during clashes with security forces amidst protests against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in power in the capital 
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian students scuffle with security forces during a protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian protesters attempt to overturn a riot police vehicle during clashes in the capital 
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerians demonstrate in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Protesters hold placards during a sit-in against the Algerian presidential bid for a fifth term in office
GERARD JULIEN / AFP
Protesters hold placards during a sit-in against the Algerian presidential bid for a fifth term in office GERARD JULIEN / AFP
Protesters hold Algerian national flags during a sit-in against the Algerian president's bid for a fifth term in office
GERARD JULIEN / AFP
Protesters hold Algerian national flags during a sit-in against the Algerian president's bid for a fifth term in office GERARD JULIEN / AFP
A woman holds Algerian flags during a rally against ailing Algerian president's decision to stand for a fifth term in office
JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP
A woman holds Algerian flags during a rally against ailing Algerian president's decision to stand for a fifth term in office JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP
Algerian students protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian students protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Members of the security forces stand guard as Algerian students protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Members of the security forces stand guard as Algerian students protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian police stand guard during a demonstration in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian police stand guard during a demonstration in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian protesters use makeshift barriers during clashes with security forces amidst protests against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in power in the capital 
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian protesters use makeshift barriers during clashes with security forces amidst protests against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in power in the capital RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian students scuffle with security forces during a protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian students scuffle with security forces during a protest in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian protesters attempt to overturn a riot police vehicle during clashes in the capital 
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerian protesters attempt to overturn a riot police vehicle during clashes in the capital RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerians demonstrate in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
Algerians demonstrate in the capital Algiers against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term RYAD KRAMDI / AFP