Algiers, Algeria - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's offer of a new constitution and a truncated next term has so far failed to satisfy protesters, who faced off with riot police overnight and want their longtime leader out of office now.
Crowds of mainly young protesters demonstrated in Algiers late Sunday and early Monday after Bouteflika's campaign manager formalized the president's candidacy for a fifth term in an April 18 election.
Demonstrations were also held in other cities against another term for Bouteflika, who has barely been seen in public since a 2013 stroke and is facing protests over his leadership.
Responding to Algeria's biggest protest movement in years, Bouteflika said Sunday in a statement that if he's re-elected, he would hold a referendum on a new constitution and call an early election in which he wouldn't run.
He also promised to fight endemic corruption, better distribute Algeria's wealth — which is heavily dependent on natural gas — and create better opportunities for Algerians who risk their lives to try to migrate across the Mediterranean to Europe.