Algeria protesters take aim at former president's brother

Algeria protesters take aim at former president's brother

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26 April, 2019
Algerians have massed for a 10th week of protests against their country's ruling class, calling for the former president's brother to be put on trial.
A presidential election has been set for July 4 to choose the successor [Getty]

Algerians have massed for a 10th week of protests against their country's ruling class, calling for the former president's brother to be put on trial.

Friday's protest has taken aim at Said Bouteflika, whose brother Abdelaziz was Algeria's president for two decades until swelling protests forced him to resign instead of seeking a fifth term.

A presidential election has been set for July 4 to choose the successor to Bouteflika, but protesters want his entire ruling entourage gone from power.

Said Bouteflika has been a particular focus of their anger, and protesters on Friday accused him of being the "leader of the gang."

Three wealthy brothers believed close to Said were detained for questioning this week in investigation intended to respond to demands to root out widespread corruption.

Said Bouteflika, who 21 years his brother's junior, had long been his special adviser and was frequently cited as a likely successor to the president.

Discreet and rarely seen in public, Said Bouteflika has exerted increasing influence behind the scenes as his brother's health woes worsened.

Some analysts believe the president's resignation could take away much of his power.