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Algerian protesters maintain pressure on Bouteflika

Algerians continue their third week of peaceful protests against the rule of ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
A demonstrator carries a national flag during protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, Algeria March 15, 2019.REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina - RC1EA91C6690

Algerians gathered in the hundreds of thousands in cities across the country today to maintain the weeks of peaceful protest against the continued rule of 82-year-old ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his circle.

Under relentless public pressure, the government has offered a series of concessions. However, none have quelled the tide of protest against Bouteflika’s continued rule. For protesters, both the president’s ailing health and the country’s economic and social stagnation have proven a tipping point. The country has seen years of growing dissatisfaction spill over into the widespread popular protests that have gripped the country since the initial demonstrations on Feb. 22.

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