Algeria’s 81-year-old president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been infirm since a stroke in 2013, is planning to run in April’s presidential elections, the state information company, APS, reported on Sunday.
Tens of hundreds of Algerians have been protesting towards Bouteflika’s determination to run for a fifth term.
People have taken to the streets in numerous cities 10 days after his candidacy for the presidential election was confirmed.
The demonstrations are being organized on social media – and whereas the set off has been Mr Bouteflika’s re-election bid, anger can also be being expressed about perceived deep-rooted corruption among the many ruling elite.
Even earlier than Mr. Bouteflika introduced that he deliberate to search a fifth five-year term, his health for workplace had been questioned, as the 2014 election got here a yr after a stroke left him talking and transferring with problem and largely in a wheelchair.
He has been seen in public solely a few occasions a yr all through his fourth term — but analysts say that many Algerians would most probably vote for him once more, for worry of the instability that his departure may unleash.