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Algeria protests continue after Bouteflika drops fifth term bid

Hundreds of protesters have marched through the Algerian capital Algiers demanding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s immediate resignation. Mr Bouteflika has dropped his bid for a fifth term, but protesters are demanding he step down now, accusing him of a ploy to prolong his 20-year rule. BBC North Africa correspondent Rana Jawad says that to satisfy the protesters’ demands, a timetable for the president’s departure was needed. Source link

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Algeria protests: Students rally against Bouteflika fifth term

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPolice face students opposing the president’s plan to run again Students in Algeria have been holding fresh protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plans to run for a fifth term in office. The 82-year-old president has until midnight on Sunday local time to register for the elections in April. Police have been guarding the offices of the Constitutional Council, in the capital Algiers, where candidates submit their files. Mr Bouteflika said last month that he would run, sparking rare protests. He has rarely…

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Lifestyle 

Miss Algeria trolled for skin color after winning title

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Winning a beauty pageant should be a moment of joy, but Miss Algeria Khadija Ben Hamou, from the country’s vast desert south, was immediately targeted online for her dark skin color. Ben Hamou, 26, is the first southerner to win the title that leads to a shot at the Miss World crown. More than 75 percent of Algerians live in the north, with most prominent figures in public life being lighter skinned northerners. Only one government minister is dark skinned. Some southerners feel excluded from development in…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Former international Belmadi named new Algeria coach

Djamel Belmadi has been announced as Algeria’s new coach for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup™ Qatar qualifying campaign. The 42-year-old former Algerian international midfielder previously managed Qatar during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, and was most recently at the helm of Qatar side Al Duhail. The four-time World Cup participants failed to qualify for Russia 2018 following a strong showing four years earlier in Brazil. Source link

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