Presidential plane lands in Algeria amid ongoing anti-government protests

Presidential plane lands in Algeria amid ongoing anti-government protests
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By Rachael Kennedy
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Algeria's presidential plane landed at a military airport south west of Algiers on Sunday afternoon after leaving Geneva earlier in the day. It is not clear if Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was on board.


An aircraft belonging to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika landed at a military airport near Boufarik on Sunday while ongoing anti-government protests took place 40km north in the country's capital, Algiers.

The plane left Geneva earlier in the day, but it was not clear whether the 82-year-old was on board. 

He has been receiving treatment at a Swiss hospital for the last two weeks for an unspecified condition. 

Thousands of people have taken part in anti-government protests in the last few weeks, challenging Bouteflika's bid to stand for a fifth term in next month's election. 

Despite promising to stand down should he secure another term, protesters have not been swayed. 

On Sunday, a huge demonstration was staged in the Algerian capital of Algiers, while members of the Algerian community in France also gathered for protests in Paris. 

READ MORE: Why are people protesting in Algeria? | Euronews Answers

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