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tens of thousands of Algerians defied riot police to call for the president to step down on Friday is demonstrations in the capital Algiers and several other cities and to the third week that's the biggest challenge yet abdulazeez beautifully his two decades in power and momentum seems to be gathering one of the most popular imams did not lead to press a beautifully can O. G. is as he usually does on Fridays and several lawmakers from the ruling party have resigned to join the protest is local media reported , train and metro services my halted in main cities but still they came to to frequent this week the protests could destabilize Algeria a major oil and gas producer he standing for reelection in mid April he's also hardly being seen in public since he had a stroke in twenty thirteen and critics question whether he is fit to govern beautifully because says he'll limit his ten if he gets in again and change the regime that runs the country , unlikely to be enough for younger Algerians who are fed up with corruption and unemployment and delete this has ruled since independence from France in nineteen sixty two some carried signs Friday saying Algeria is a Republic to Kingdom