Algerian Army Chief Tries To Assuage Protesters Amid New Pro-Change Rallies

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Algerian Army Chief Tries to Assuage Protesters Amid New Pro-Change Rallies

Algeria's army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah tried to appease protesters on Tuesday by promising them new opportunities if they refrain from violence

ALGIERS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th April, 2019) Algeria's army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah tried to appease protesters on Tuesday by promising them new opportunities if they refrain from violence.

"The army's decision to protect the people... is final and irreversible... But we expect the people to do their part and avoid violence," he was quoted as saying by the public television.

He said all "possible perspectives remain open" for overcoming differences and finding a solution to the ongoing crisis "as soon as possible," according to the state news agency APS.

Hundreds of students held a sit-in on Tuesday in the capital of Algiers, calling for the removal of ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's loyalists from power.

The ailing president was deposed by military in early April after protests broke out in February against his bid for a second term. His ally, Abdelkader Bensalah, has been sworn in as interim president, prompting new unrest.

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