Will Algeria's president be ousted by the end of March?

Over 1000 Algerian judges have refused to take part in overseeing country's upcoming elections on April 18 if the incumbent president Abdelaziz Bouteflika participates in it.

 

The judges declared on Sunday, that they were forming a new association ''to restore the gift of justice''.

 

"We announce our intention to abstain from ... supervising the election process against the will of the people, which is the only source of power," the statement read.
 
After the current president, which had governed Algeria for 20 years announced hid bid for the 5th term on February 22, Tens of thousands from all social classes have been demonstrating unrelentingly for three weeks against his decision to stand in April's election, rejecting a stale political system dominated by veterans of an independence war against France that ended in 1962.
 
The protesters have rejected his offer to limit his term if he wins the vote.
 
In the clearest indication yet that the generals sympathise with protesters, the chief of staff said the military and the people had a united vision of the future, state TV reported. Lieutenant General Gaed Salah did not mention the unrest.
 
Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, who has covered the region extensively, said of the ongoing demonstrations. "Many people believe if this momentum continues for the next two weeks, it could be a game changer".
 
The source: Aljazeera, Euronews

11.03.2019

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