Algerians Aren’t Taking Bouteflika’s Re-Election Bid Lying Down

University students participate in a protest to denounce President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term, in Algiers, Algeria, Feb. 26, 2019 (AP photo by Anis Belghoul).
University students participate in a protest to denounce President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term, in Algiers, Algeria, Feb. 26, 2019 (AP photo by Anis Belghoul).

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, WPR Senior Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. Algeria’s ailing, 81-year-old president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, announced his candidacy for a fifth term last month in the quietest manner possible, issuing a statement to the state news agency. Given his health problems, which have kept him largely out of the public eye in recent years, analysts speculated that Bouteflika was incapable of launching his re-election bid any other way. The response by Algerians, however, has been anything but quiet. In recent days, they’ve taken to the streets in the […]

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