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.