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Why Algerian protesters aren't satisfied with Bouteflika's latest 'concession'

After protesters rejected President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s offer to step down after one year should he be re-elected, his latest announcement that he will extend his fourth term is being met with more anger.

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Announcing the news on Monday evening, Bouteflika is reported to have said, "There will be no fifth term." The president added, "There was never any question of it for me. Given my state of health and age, my last duty toward the Algerian people was always contributing to the foundation of a new republic."

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