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Algerians demand president ends 20-year rule

Health workers carry a national flag as they march during a protest calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, in Algiers, Algeria March 19, 2019. Algerians have staged nearly a month of mass protests against Bouteflika, who has ruled for 20 years. He bowed to the protesters last week by announcing he would not stand for another term. But he stopped short of stepping down and said he would stay in office until a new constitution is adopted, effectively extending his present term.

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Health workers carry a national flag as they march during a protest calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, in Algiers, Algeria March 19, 2019. Algerians have staged nearly a month of mass protests against Bouteflika, who has ruled for 20...more

Health workers carry a national flag as they march during a protest calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, in Algiers, Algeria March 19, 2019. Algerians have staged nearly a month of mass protests against Bouteflika, who has ruled for 20 years. He bowed to the protesters last week by announcing he would not stand for another term. But he stopped short of stepping down and said he would stay in office until a new constitution is adopted, effectively extending his present term. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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Health workers carry national flags and banners as they march during a protest calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, in Algiers, Algeria March 19, 2019. His moves have done nothing to halt demonstrations, which peaked on Friday with hundreds of thousands of protesters on the streets of Algiers and have continued into this week.

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Health workers carry national flags and banners as they march during a protest calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, in Algiers, Algeria March 19, 2019. His moves have done nothing to halt demonstrations, which peaked on Friday with...more

Health workers carry national flags and banners as they march during a protest calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, in Algiers, Algeria March 19, 2019. His moves have done nothing to halt demonstrations, which peaked on Friday with hundreds of thousands of protesters on the streets of Algiers and have continued into this week. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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Health workers carry signs as they march during a protest calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, in Algiers, March 19, 2019. The signs read: "The system must be disinfected" and "Gangrenous system, amputation is the indication". REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Health workers carry signs as they march during a protest calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, in Algiers, March 19, 2019. The signs read: "The system must be disinfected" and "Gangrenous system, amputation is the indication"....more

Health workers carry signs as they march during a protest calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, in Algiers, March 19, 2019. The signs read: "The system must be disinfected" and "Gangrenous system, amputation is the indication". REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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People carry banners and chant slogans as they march during a protest calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, in Algiers, March 19, 2019. The 82-year-old president has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, and protesters say he is too old and frail to rule.

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People carry banners and chant slogans as they march during a protest calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, in Algiers, March 19, 2019. The 82-year-old president has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, and...more

People carry banners and chant slogans as they march during a protest calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, in Algiers, March 19, 2019. The 82-year-old president has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, and protesters say he is too old and frail to rule. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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People gather during a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office in Algiers, March 15, 2019. For years, rumors have swirled about potential successors to Bouteflika, but no one credible has emerged who has the backing of the army and elite and is not in their 70s or 80s. Protesters have been calling for a generation of new leaders to replace a ruling elite dominated by the military, businessmen and veterans of the 1954-1962 independence war against France.

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People gather during a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office in Algiers, March 15, 2019. For years, rumors have swirled about potential successors to Bouteflika, but no one...more

People gather during a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office in Algiers, March 15, 2019. For years, rumors have swirled about potential successors to Bouteflika, but no one credible has emerged who has the backing of the army and elite and is not in their 70s or 80s. Protesters have been calling for a generation of new leaders to replace a ruling elite dominated by the military, businessmen and veterans of the 1954-1962 independence war against France. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Police officers cheer at the end of a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika s decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office in Algiers, March 15, 2019. With memories of the 1990s civil war which cost an estimated 200,000 lives, many Algerians have long prioritized stability. Bouteflika survived the 2011 "Arab Spring" that toppled other Arab leaders. But with the economy souring and the youth less fearful of change, he has struggled to placate Algerians.

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Police officers cheer at the end of a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika s decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office in Algiers, March 15, 2019. With memories of the 1990s civil war which cost an estimated 200,000...more

Police officers cheer at the end of a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika s decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office in Algiers, March 15, 2019. With memories of the 1990s civil war which cost an estimated 200,000 lives, many Algerians have long prioritized stability. Bouteflika survived the 2011 "Arab Spring" that toppled other Arab leaders. But with the economy souring and the youth less fearful of change, he has struggled to placate Algerians. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Demonstrators carry national flags as they protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

Demonstrators carry national flags as they protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

Demonstrators carry national flags as they protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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Demonstrators carry banners and a national flag atop of a tree during protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

Demonstrators carry banners and a national flag atop of a tree during protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

Demonstrators carry banners and a national flag atop of a tree during protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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People carry a giant national flag as they protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

People carry a giant national flag as they protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

People carry a giant national flag as they protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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Demonstrators carry their national flags as they stand atop of a building during a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Demonstrators carry their national flags as they stand atop of a building during a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Demonstrators carry their national flags as they stand atop of a building during a protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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People carry their national flags as they protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

People carry their national flags as they protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

People carry their national flags as they protest over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to postpone elections and extend his fourth term in office, in Algiers, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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People with special needs, accompanied by their families, take part in a protest demanding immediate political change and improvement of their living conditions in Algiers, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

People with special needs, accompanied by their families, take part in a protest demanding immediate political change and improvement of their living conditions in Algiers, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

People with special needs, accompanied by their families, take part in a protest demanding immediate political change and improvement of their living conditions in Algiers, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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A demonstrator offers a flower to a police officer as teachers and students take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

A demonstrator offers a flower to a police officer as teachers and students take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

A demonstrator offers a flower to a police officer as teachers and students take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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A youth holds a national flag as he takes part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

A youth holds a national flag as he takes part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

A youth holds a national flag as he takes part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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People write slogans and messages on sticky notes during a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

People write slogans and messages on sticky notes during a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

People write slogans and messages on sticky notes during a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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People take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

People take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

People take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a meeting with army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gaid Salah in Algiers, in this handout still image taken from a TV footage released on March 11, 2019. Algerian TV/Handout via Reuters

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a meeting with army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gaid Salah in Algiers, in this handout still image taken from a TV footage released on March 11, 2019. Algerian TV/Handout via Reuters

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a meeting with army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gaid Salah in Algiers, in this handout still image taken from a TV footage released on March 11, 2019. Algerian TV/Handout via Reuters
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People take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. The sign reads "Let us love Algeria". REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

People take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. The sign reads "Let us love Algeria". REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

People take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. The sign reads "Let us love Algeria". REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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People celebrate on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, Algeria March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

People celebrate on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, Algeria March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

People celebrate on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, Algeria March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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People celebrate on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

People celebrate on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

People celebrate on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A man celebrates on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

A man celebrates on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

A man celebrates on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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A woman looks from inside a car during celebrations after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A woman looks from inside a car during celebrations after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A woman looks from inside a car during celebrations after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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People celebrate on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

People celebrate on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

People celebrate on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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People take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. The sign reads: "System, go away". REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

People take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. The sign reads: "System, go away". REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

People take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, March 12, 2019. The sign reads: "System, go away". REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
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