Students protest against an offer by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run in elections next month but not to serve a full term if re-elected in Algiers on March 5 [Reuters/Ramzi Boudina]

For the last two weeks, tens of thousands of Algerians have been protesting against the attempt of its 82-year-old president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to run for a fifth term.

Bouteflika, who has been in power since 1999, last addressed his people in May 2012, a year after a series of Arab uprisings had toppled three long-term presidents in Algeria’s neighbourhood. In that speech, he made it clear that he was

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