Algeria: Opposition meets, teachers protest, tension simmers

AP , Wednesday 13 Mar 2019

Police members try to disperse teachers during a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, Algeria March 13, 2019 (Photo: Reuters)

Algerian teachers are demonstrating against their longtime president as political uncertainty grips this gas-rich North African country.

Teachers gathered Wednesday outside the central post office in the capital, Algiers, to protest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to delay next month's election. Algerian media reported teachers' protests in other cities too.

Opposition parties also held a joint meeting in Algiers to plot next steps.

An unprecedented revolt forced Bouteflika to abandon plans to seek a fifth term. But he also canceled the election without setting a new date.

Protesters demanded Wednesday that Bouteflika step down now, or at the latest when his current term ends next month. Algerians have barely seen their president since he suffered a stroke in 2013, and protesters are also angry about corruption and secrecy in Algeria's power structure.

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