Monday, 23 September 2019 08:13 GMT

Doctors join teachers' protests in Algeria

(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."


Doctors join teachers' protests in Algeria

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