An ailing 82-year-old refusing to relinquish the presidenc

  resentment against a ruling civilian and military cabal, and an economy in crisis have sparked mass protests across Algeria in recent weeks.

  President Abdelaziz Bouteflika praised the peaceful nature of the ongoing demo

nstrations and “maturity of our citizens, notably youth” in a message to mark International Women’s Day on Friday.

  Bouteflika also warned Algerians over “possible infiltration of misleading partie

s” who may seek to “provoke chaos” in a statement published by the Algeria Press Service.

  Why is everyone sick of Bouteflika?

  Protesters have been hitting the streets in the capital, Algiers, and other cities across the

North African country for weeks, demanding Bouteflika withdraw from contending forthcoming elections. The

announcement on Sunday that the octogenarian will seek a fifth term in office has sparked fury among Algerians.

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