In the peaceful demonstration sang the participants ”We want a regime change” and ”We do not want Bouteflika or Said”. Said Bouteflika is the 82-year-old president's younger brother, who, according to critics, leads a proper maktetablissemang behind the scenes.
Bouteflika announced on Monday that he will resign before 28 april, when his term of office expires. Before then, he must ”ensure state institutions”, according to the message. 82-year-old has only been seen on a few occasions the past few years and the question has been for his health – and for how large a role he really plays in the moment.
Only one of Algeria's opposition political parties, islamist MSP, has commented on the Bouteflikas a vengeance.
”This step is taken to preserve the political system,” said the party in a statement.