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Algeria ruling party turns on Bouteflika

Algerian anti-riot policemen gather downtown Algiers as protesters prepared for the first Friday rallies since the president's surprise announcement this week that he would not seek re-election but was cancelling April polls, in the Algerian capital on March 15, 2019. Algeria's new prime minister sought the previous day to calm tensions head of planned demonstrations that could be decisive for the protest movement calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down. / AFP / RYAD KRAMDI

 

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