President Bouteflika's party says it backs Algeria protests

What you need to know:

  • Algeria has been gripped by unprecedented protests since February 22, following Mr Bouteflika's announcement he was running for a fifth term as president despite concerns about his ability to run the country.
  • In a surprise announcement on March 11, he said he was pulling out of the race, in a move initially greeted with elation by the protesters before they realised he still intended to remain in office.



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