Algerian doctors, who are completing their residency stage of their studies, shout slogan during a sit-in protest in Algiers, Algeria, February 12, 2018.
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Members of five teaching unions in Algeria went on strike this week over better pay and conditions, joining hundreds of colleagues who already walked out months ago amid public spending cuts caused by falling energy prices.Tuesday, five more unions in the education sector launched a two-day strike.Strikes and protests over social and economic grievances occur almost daily in Algeria, but are generally localized and do not touch on national politics. The protests come at a time of continuing political uncertainty – President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has not spoken to the public since suffering a stroke in 2013, adding to doubts over OPEC member Algeria's future course.Workers in the public health sector have also held protests over pay and conditions.These protests are much smaller than the unrest Algeria saw during the "Arab spring" of 2011 .
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