Algeria’s 82-year-old president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, sits in a wheelchair — mute, paralyzed, barely able to move his hands.
Moved around by a flurry of attendants and family members, he has not uttered a single word in public, much less given a speech or interview, since a stroke in 2013.
How can a man with such disabilities be the president?
This situation has made thousands of Algerians to break the chains and seek for revolution!
In the capital, Algiers, tens of thousands of demonstrators fill the streets every week loudly demanding his departure, and that of the extensive, ill-defined entourage around him that Algerians call simply the “power,” the nexus of high-ranking officials, wealthy businessmen and military officers who actually run the country.
The demonstrations, the largest in over 30 years, have grown larger every week and seem unstoppable. Algeria, the largest country in Africa and a rare pillar of stability in the Arab world, now faces an uncertain future.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 2017
He has not spoken publicly since he suffered a stroke in 2013.
Hundreds of Algerian lawyers protested again on Saturday in the capital, Algiers to demand the immediate resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who has been for 20 years in power.
The lawyers gathered in Algiers’ centre, the scene of mass protests for one month, holding up slogans that read: “Respect the will of the people” and “Yes to a judiciary free from corrupt dignitaries.”