Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in the centre of the Algerian capital for a fourth consecutive Friday demanding urgent change and an end to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s rule, who has been in power for 20 years.

The crowd at Algiers’ landmark Grand Poste square was growing, two hours before the scheduled start of the anti-establishment demonstration.

The rally is the first major test of whether 82-year-old Bouteflika has calmed anger on the streets with his surprise announcement on Monday that he would not seek reelection but was cancelling the presidential poll on April 18.



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