Algeria’s army chief says President Bouteflika unfit to rule

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(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on March 26, 2019 shows Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) during an official visit to Zeralda, a suburb of the capital Algiers on April 10, 2016, and Algeria’s Chief of Staff General Ahmed Gaid Salah at the Houari-Boumediene International Airport in Algiers, on May 20, 2014. – Algeria’s chief of staff called today for Bouteflika to be declared unfit to govern, following weeks of mass protests demanding the ailing leader to step down. (Photos by Eric FEFERBERG and Farouk Batiche / AFP)

There’s new political uncertainty in Algeria. The Army chief-of-staff is turning against his boss, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, seeking to have him declared unfit for office.

The move follows weeks of protests against the president.

CGTN’s Adel el Mahrouky reports.

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