• Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika drops bid for fifth term
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-47531917 TLDR Algeria's president, who suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen since, announced he will run for a fifth term in office. So the Algerian people were like: https://files.facepunch.com/forum/upload/165/03b8d032-1a5f-4465-8952-3970b29c960b/image.png So now he's not running but he's also postponed the election so uhhhhh Alternative TLDR: https://files.facepunch.com/forum/upload/165/6923050d-0b48-49a7-af2e-600375e8a12b/image.png
The article's picture makes him look like that Bond villain with the cat except this man's cat is invisible.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-47537423 Hundreds of protesters have marched through the Algerian capital demanding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's immediate resignation. Protesters are accusing the president of a ploy to prolong his 20-year rule. Talks have been set up to negotiate Algeria's political future, which will be led by veteran UN diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi. Why have the protests continued? The protesters, who chanted "No tricks, Bouteflika", had responded to calls on social media to continue the protests. One of the messages said: "We will march more determined than ever to end this system, to end this mafia. We want a republican and democratic state. "No to manipulation, let's be vigilant. The battle is not won." BBC North Africa correspondent Rana Jawad said that to satisfy the protesters' demands, a timetable for the president's departure was needed. The fact he's not going for a fifth term is good, but the fact he also just indefinitely delayed next month's elections isn't lost on the protesters
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