19 March 2019

Tunisia: Algeria Protest Leaders Tell Army to Stay Out of Politics

Photo: Lisa Bryant /VOA
Algerians protested at the Place de la Republique in central Paris against Bouteflika's intention to seek another term in office.

Algiers /Algeria — A new group headed by political leaders, opposition figures and activists called on Algeria's powerful generals to stay out of politics as it pressed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the government to quit.

In the first direct message to the army from leaders emerging from mass protests against Bouteflika, the National Coordination for Change said the military should "play its constitutional role without interfering in the people choice".

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