Algerian activists protest Bouteflika's re-election bid

Protesters carried banners decrying Bouteflika's plan to contest the April 17 election, calling for voters to boycott the balloting.

Algerian activists protest Bouteflika's re-election bid

World Bulletin / News Desk

Scores of Algerian activists staged a demonstration in the northeastern city of Annaba on Thursday to protest plans by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's to run for a fourth presidential term.

"Our protest is meant to break the wall of silence regarding Bouteflika's bid for a fourth term in power," Samir Belarabi, coordinator of the Barakat ("Enough") campaign, told Anadolu Agency.

Protesters carried banners decrying Bouteflika's plan to contest the April 17 election, calling for voters to boycott the balloting.

They also condemned widespread government "corruption."

"We're opposed to corruption and corrupt officials," Al-Haj Khalifa, a member of the Algerian Movement for Justice and Development, said.

"This protest aims to show our opposition to Bouteflika's intention to run for a fourth term," he added.

Campaigning for Algeria's presidential race kicked off on Sunday, with several opposition parties and activists staging rallies against Bouteflika's reelection bid.

Four parties have already announced their intention to boycott the poll, which is set for April 17.

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