11 March 2019, 5:46 pm

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returns to Algeria amid mass protests

Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has returned to the country after two weeks in a Swiss hospital, state media say.
A plane carrying the 82-year-old leader landed at Boufarik military airport near the capital, Algiers, as protests against his 20-year rule continue.
Teachers and their students have gone on strike at several universities, with thousands joining demonstrations.
They are against the president’s plan to seek a fifth term in office.
Mr Bouteflika has said that the mass demonstrations, which broke out last month and represent the biggest threat so far to his rule, could plunge the country into “chaos”.
On Sunday, thousands of students took to the streets of Algiers, waving the Algerian flag and chanting: “Bouteflika, there will be no fifth term.”
Many shops in the city have been closed, and Reuters reports that train services have been suspended.