As anger skyrockets, 81-year old Bouteflika clings to power in Algeria

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Anger has exploded in the north African country of Algeria over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s fifth term bid for the presidency.

But the 81-year old leader who has been confined to a wheelchair and has rarely appeared in public since suffering stroke in 2013 is not bugging.

He announced on February 10 that he will run for another term in office. Shortly after his announcement, there was nationwide outrage.

Last Friday, Algerian police fired tear gas canisters to clear the entrance to the office of the Prime Minister as thousands took to the street urging Bouteflika to go honorably.

And the Sunday before that saw thousands of protesters in the capital Algiers urging Bouteflika to bow out. But he has remained blind and deaf to their demands.

Simon Ateba | Today News Africa
Simon Ateba | Today News Africa
Born in a small village in Cameroon, groomed in Nigeria's most populous city of Lagos, and now in Washington D.C. to practice journalism at a global level, Simon is an investigative journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA based in Washington DC
Simon Ateba | Today News Africa
Simon Ateba | Today News Africa
Born in a small village in Cameroon, groomed in Nigeria's most populous city of Lagos, and now in Washington D.C. to practice journalism at a global level, Simon is an investigative journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA based in Washington DC

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