(MENAFN) Increasing the pressure on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his prime minister at a time when resources are limited, Algerian doctors are expanding a pay strike and teachers are resuming one, representatives said today.
Medical students and specialist doctors in several hospitals joined a strike by family doctors that has already been weakening health care in Algiers and other major cities for the last four months.
The protests come at a time of political uncertainty-Bouteflika, 81, has barely appeared in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.
"Our colleagues the students and our colleagues the specialists have decided to show support by joining the strike," Mohamed Toualeb, a spokesman for the strikers, told Reuters, without giving numbers.
"The government is unable to address our demands," he said. "So we are calling on Bouteflika to find a solution to our problems."