Thousands again took to the streets of Algiers on 29 March to demanding the ouster of the country’s ruling elite. This suggests that protestors are not satisfied with army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah’s 26 March call for ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be declared unfit for office. The UGTA trade union, a key state institution, also backed the plans. One of Mr Bouteflika’s key backers, Ali Haddad, head of the FCE business forum resigned.

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