In Biggest Protest Yet, Algerians Demand Bouteflika Quits
Hundreds of thousands of people protested in central Algiers on Friday, March 15, in the biggest demonstration against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s 20-year rule since unrest began last month.
Bouteflika on Monday reversed a decision to stand for another term after mass protests against him, but stopped short of relinquishing office and says he will stay on until a new constitution is adopted.
Algerians quickly rejected his offer and demanded that the 82-year-old president hand over power to a young generation of leaders who can create jobs and stamp out corruption.
Protests have peaked on Fridays. They are also taking place in other cities.