Mass protests in Algeria to celebrate movement's first anniversary
Thousands of Algerians have gathered in the capital Algiers to celebrate the movement's first anniversary, and to demand deep reforms.
Iran Press/Africa: Thousands of Algerians have rallied in the capital, Algiers, to commemorate one year since the beginning of a protest movement demanding the departure of an ailing leader and sweeping reforms, including an overhaul of the ruling elite.
Protesters began staging weekly demonstrations in mid-February last year after the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) announced that former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, a wheelchair-bound octogenarian rarely seen in public, would seek a fifth term in office.
Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad this week said corruption and mismanagement resulted in a "delicate" economic situation for Algeria, an OPEC member country that is also experiencing the negative effect of falling global crude oil prices.