Demonstrators have gathered in the centre of the Algerian capital for a fourth consecutive Friday [AFP]

Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in the centre of the Algerian capital for a fourth consecutive Friday demanding that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika leave his office.

The crowd at Algiers’ landmark Grand Poste square was growing, two hours before the scheduled start of the demonstration against the 82-year-old who has been in power for two decades.

The rally is the first major test of whether Bouteflika has calmed anger on the streets with his surprise announcement on Monday that he would not seek re-election but was cancelling an April presidential poll.

“You pretend to understand us, we will pretend to listen to you,” read a banner, according to the

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