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Algerians seeking old guard’s exit protest against upcoming poll

Fresh demonstrations are taking place in Algeria, the last in a series of weekly marches in the lead-up to a presidential election opposed by a protest movement that fears it will cement in power politicians close to the old political elite.
Algeria is scheduled to hold the election on December 12 but the thousands rallying every Friday have long demanded the departure of the political elite linked to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika – who quit in April following mass protests – before any vote takes place.
Protesters say all five candidates seeking the presidency either supported the former leader or participated in his government.
Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports.

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