22 March 2014

Algeria: Thousands Join Unprecedented Rally

Photo: Facebook/Ali Benflis
Electoral campaign in Algeria

Algiers — Thousands of Algerian opposition supporters have called for a boycott of next month's presidential election, during an unprecedented mass rally.

The rally denounced 77-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's attempt to win a fourth term of office. They added a stroke last year has left him unfit to govern.

The unprecedented move was staged by Islamist and secular opposition parties.

In power since 1999, Mr. Bouteflika scrapped constitutional rules in 2008 limiting him to two terms in office.

The support of the governing National Liberation Front (FLN), army factions and business elites almost guarantees him victory at election, correspondents say.

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