Thousands of Algerians in Paris mark the end of Bouteflika's rule

2019-04-08 11:43
People hold flad as they take part in a demonstration demanding a change to Algeria's whole political system in the French capital Paris. (Jacques Demarthon, AFP)

People hold flad as they take part in a demonstration demanding a change to Algeria's whole political system in the French capital Paris. (Jacques Demarthon, AFP)

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For the seventh consecutive Sunday, Algerians in Paris continued to protest against the existing government in Algeria.

News of former Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika submitting his resignation earlier this week was cause for celebration, but protesters are determined to continue their mass rallies until the system that succeeded in propping him up for two decades is gone.

Thousands of protesters gathered at the Place de la Republique where a joyous atmosphere gripped people from all walks of life, young and old.

Food stalls, singing and dancing were accompanied by speeches. Nearby, a group of students dressed all in black took part in an artistic protest, where they displayed signs on their shirts of what freedom meant to them.

"I feel like I am at a wedding celebration for democracy," Said Baroudi, a 55-year-old protester told Al Jazeera.

"Now we are at the difficult stage of removing the remaining elitists in power."

Algeria's constitution stipulates that the speaker of the upper house of parliament, Abdelkader Bensalah, should take the presidential reins for no more than three months, during which a presidential election must be organised.

But the 77-year-old is considered to be widely unpopular, as a key Bouteflika ally and longtime member of his government.

"The popular movement gives us safety, credibility and courage to move on to the next stage, where politicians and civil society must sit down and talk," Baroudi said.

"We must follow the constitutional way in order to achieve justice and democracy."

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