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Algeria Army and People Share Unified Vision: Military Chief

Demonstrations continue in the centre of Algiers on March 10.

Demonstrations continue in the centre of Algiers on March 10.

Photographer: RYAD KRAMDI/AFP

Algeria’s people and the army share the same vision for the country’s future, the military chief of staff said Sunday, in an apparent overture to thousands protesting the re-election bid of the country’s aging president.

The military and the people “are partners in one destiny,” General Ahmed Gaid Salah said in his first comments since the biggest protests yet against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term in office that gripped the country last Friday.