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Demonstrations in Algeria: One day, he needs to go anyway

In Algiers, tens of thousands take to the streets to prevent a fifth term of President Bouteflika. Six weeks before the elections, Africa's largest area of the state is in a severe crisis.

"One day he has to go anyway," says a protester. "Everyone knows that he himself can do nothing more," another. For your seriously ill and paralyzed President, many Algerians have even pity left. You see him as a hostage of a Clique, which made yesterday all the mass protests, in Spite of the application of Abdelaziz Bouteflika to the highest office officially.

in The afternoon, several cars drove in front of the delivery before the constitutional Council. The necessary documents, so that the 82-Year-old can compete for a fifth term. The elections are on 18. April, however, it is hardly foreseeable that the protests are ebbing.

Even Ali Benflis, a former companion and later rival candidate Bouteflika's, calls on the citizens against the shutdown in your country to rebel. His contribution: A Boycott of the elections. He pulled back on the weekend his candidacy for the liberals. The largest moderate Islamist party, has dropped out of the race.

A protester has been at the protests in Algiers, in front of an armored police vehicle.

those in power want to crisis sit out

Make the Boycott of the school, threatened the elections a Farce, to be feared, Mohcine Belabbas, President of the opposition rally for culture and democracy RCD: "you still have a Chance to announce the resignation of the heads of state and then on the Opposition and all stakeholders zuzugehe to negotiate your resignation," said Belabbas.

"you" is meant as Le Pouvoir, the opaque apparatus of power in the state. But what then? Belabbas way out of the crisis: "A transitional phase with an ethics Committee at the top, and a government of national unity."

A request to the powers-that-be, who want to sit out the crisis and hope that the situation calms down so again. With the retired General Ali Ghediri there is still a possible Alternative in the elections. He promises to be the turning point, and a second Republic. But the 24 million choice want eligible really a military in Power know? As in the Era before Bouteflika?

there is No danger of the Islamists

For the political scientist Hasni Abidi is hollowed out the political System of Algeria. He said the station RFI, Bouteflika himself had ensured that no one could replace: "He has done for 20 years, everything to eliminate every possible Alternative. Because there's an Emptiness. And that's why this is his environment, so hard, to pacify the Algerians."

A power vacuum may allow Africa's largest country. He has a huge military and police apparatus, but also needs a perspective for the future. On the other, cannot offer the Opposition so far, criticized the Paris politics Professor Abderrahim squad: "It's a Surprise that the mobilisation has taken the whole country. With such a constancy. The most important question now is whether this mobilization flows into structures."

Who are the heads of the organizations of the resistance, which could offer the Algerians an Alternative? The crisis is also an opportunity for the Islamists? On Professor Kader has a clear answer: "no. The question of Islamism in the political sense, as we have him in the 80s and 90s witnessed today is not a credible political Alternative."

Algeria at the turning point. The most important Person in the Drama is absent: President Bouteflika is for a week in Switzerland. Officially, it is only to routine examinations.

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