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Protestors hold Algerian flags as they attend a demonstration against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in ParisProtestors hold Algerian flags as they attend a demonstration against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on the Place de la Republique, in Paris, France, March 10, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

By Lamine Chikhi and Hamid Ould Ahmed

ALGIERS (Reuters) – More than 1,000 judges said they would refuse to oversee Algeria’s election if President Abdelaziz Bouteflika contests it, and clerics defied any state role in their work, in a double rebuff to an ailing leader fighting for his political survival.

Bouteflika, who returned to Algeria on Sunday after

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