#Algeria #protests against #Bouteflika continue despite talks

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#Algeria #protests against #Bouteflika continue despite talks

Hundreds of protesters have marched through the Algerian capital demanding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s immediate resignation

On Monday, the president postponed the 18 April presidential elections and dropped his bid for a fifth term

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

? 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

Abdelaziz Bouteflika has led the country for 20 years but has not spoken in public since 2014

On Monday, the president named Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui as the new prime minister to replace Ahmed Ouyahia

Protesters claimed the move was proof that those in power want to stay

BBC North Africa correspondent Rana Jawad said that to satisfy the protesters’ demands, a timetable for the president’s departure was needed.How does reclusive President Bouteflika run Algeria

? is the aim of the talks

A conference, which does not yet have a set date, will aim to oversee the country’s political transition, draft a new constitution and set the date for elections

Mr Brahimi, who was the United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria until 14 May 2014, met the president on Monday and said it was necessary to turn this crisis into a constructive process

French President Emmanuel Macron said the decision marked a new chapter for Algeria and called for a reasonable transition period.

Lakhdar Brahimi at a UN news conference
Image captionLakhdar Brahimi is a member of The Elders, a human rights group made up of world leaders, founded by Nelson Mandela

The Algerian military is expected to play an important role in the transition and is currently considering contenders for president, Reuters news agency reports

Among them is Mustafa Bouchachi, a lawyer and activist who has built up a strong Facebook following during the protests

Demonstrators and participants in Algeria’s 1954-1962 independence war will be among the representatives at the conference

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