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A government plan believed to have transported the Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has landed at an airbase southwest of the capital Algiers, according to local media. The aircraft on Sunday flew into the military airport Boufarik from the Swiss city of Geneva, where the 82-year-old leader – whose bid to seek a fifth term has met with unprecedented protests – had a two-week medical trip, Ennahar said television. Pictures later showed a convoy departing from the airport. 19659004] The president, who is restricted to wheelchair, has rarely been seen publicly since he was hit by a stroke in 201 3, which led critics to ask if he was used as a puppet candidate by a fraction of civilian and military figures. Massive protests began on February 22 to condemn Bouteflika's plans to extend its rule in the April 18 polls. A convoy thought to carry Bouteflika is seen while driving along the highway in Algiers [Ramzi Boudina/Reuters] Students have been at the heart of the protests, and ore churches took place on Sunday in Algiers, where thousands of flag-waving supporters poured into the streets and shouted slogans as Bouteflike, there will not be the fifth term ". [19659004] Many businesses in the capital were closed and the residents said that train services had been suspended. "We have taken the streets today to protest against a fifth presidential term. We are opposed to a fifth term. This is enough," protests Zakaria told Reuters news agency in front of the central post…

A government plan believed to have transported the Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has landed at an airbase southwest of the capital Algiers, according to local media.

The aircraft on Sunday flew into the military airport Boufarik from the Swiss city of Geneva, where the 82-year-old leader – whose bid to seek a fifth term has met with unprecedented protests – had a two-week medical trip, Ennahar said television.

Pictures later showed a convoy departing from the airport. 19659004] The president, who is restricted to wheelchair, has rarely been seen publicly since he was hit by a stroke in 201

3, which led critics to ask if he was used as a puppet candidate by a fraction of civilian and military figures.

Massive protests began on February 22 to condemn Bouteflika’s plans to extend its rule in the April 18 polls.

A convoy thought to carry Bouteflika is seen while driving along the highway in Algiers [Ramzi Boudina/Reuters]

Students have been at the heart of the protests, and ore churches took place on Sunday in Algiers, where thousands of flag-waving supporters poured into the streets and shouted slogans as Bouteflike, there will not be the fifth term “. [19659004] Many businesses in the capital were closed and the residents said that train services had been suspended.

“We have taken the streets today to protest against a fifth presidential term. We are opposed to a fifth term. This is enough,” protests Zakaria told Reuters news agency in front of the central post office.

A general strike has hit the country’s Mediterranean oil ends up in Skikda and Bejaia, but the export was not affected, according to the port staff.

Meanwhile, the government has had a scheduled college day with two weeks in an obvious attempt to disappear the student-led rallies against Bouteflika.

The university’s department decided on Saturday one day After tens of thousands of protesters packed in the center of Algiers.

Without giving a reason for the move, the ministry said in a decree that the spring is breaking up with 10 days to run from Sunday to April 4.

Teachers and students at several universities have passed on strike, while others had promised to start beating on Sunday.

While Friday’s collections in Algiers and on others s The tents were most calm, by the way, the police used tear gas in several areas by about

Bouteflika has been in Geneva, Switzerland, for the last two weeks for what his office has called “routine medical tests”.

On Thursday, he issued his first warning to protesters and said that the movement – now into its third week – could create chaos in the oil and natural gas producing North African country. [19659004] Bouteflika has offered to limit his mandate after the election and has promised to change the “system” that drives the country. However, promises have failed to dampen public anger, galvanizing dissatisfaction among various sectors, especially students and other youth.

Some long allied Bouteflika, including members of the ruling FLN party, have expressed support for the protesters, revealing cracks within a ruling elite that are seen invincible.

“This time it is completely different. What we see now is a momentum that builds up in Algeria,” Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, who has covered the region to a large extent, said of the ongoing demonstrations.

“Many people think if this motive continues for the next two weeks, it could be a game switch,” Ahelbarra said.

Forward, Ahelbarra said a key date for the country to be March 13, when Algeria’s constitutional committee is due to the candidates presented being legitimized for next month’s elections

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