Algeria ready to revolt against Bouteflika, the «eternal president»

Sun, 3 Mar 2019 10:49:56 +0100

TUNIS - The funeral has already prepared it for him. They put a coffin-shaped wooden plank in the middle of the road, covered by the two-tone green-and-white color with the red crescent and star. Above, the president's photo. The students march around the coffin in front of the Benaknoun University. It is as if they were paying homage to the rais - goodbye, Bouteflika! -, but their is a political farewell: This is not a monarchy! , get out! , you've governed enough! . Algeria has had enough and for a few days it has been making it felt: in the capital, in Oran, in Constantina, it was eighteen years since such demonstrations of protest were seen. Students, businessmen, journalists, professionals, former deputies, soldiers on leave. A manifesto signed by academics, a document signed by former president Liamine Zeroual. All to challenge the prohibition of gatherings on avenue Didouche Mourad, in force since 2001. All against Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the eternal president in power since 1999, who next Sunday will officially announce his fifth candidacy to lead the country, in the desert of Oppositions unable to express even a common candidate.