The biggest protests in years against Algeria‘s president are gaining strength.
The 82-year-old has been in power for two decades but has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.
In a letter on Monday, Bouteflika promised that he won’t serve a full time if re-elected in April’s presidential elections and will call for early elections.
Now, the country’s army chief is trying to quell the protests by evoking memories of Algeria’s 1991-2002 civil war, which killed at least 200,000 people.
How will the protesters respond and who’s really in charge in Algeria?
Presenter: James Bays
Amel Boubekeur – Research fellow, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
Michael Willis – Author, Politics and Power in the Maghreb: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco from Independence to the Arab Spring
Youcef Bouandel – Professor of international affairs, Qatar University