Algeria protest leader vows more pressure despite Bouteflika decision

# 19:15
2 April 2019

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to quit by April 28 “will change nothing” and demonstrations will continue, a protest leader said on Tuesday, indicating popular pressure for more far-reaching political change remains insistent, ONA reports citing Reuters.

Mustapha Bouchachi, a lawyer and activist, was speaking to Reuters as hundreds of students marched in Algiers to demand the immediate resignation of Bouteflika and the replacement of a political system widely seen as incapable of significant reform.

On Monday, bowing to weeks of popular discontent including mass marches and rallies, the veteran ruler announced he would leave before his terms expires at the end of the month.

Bouchachi suggested Bouteflika’s nomination of a caretaker government was a move to perpetuate the political system.