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Algeria protests: Tycoon Ali Haddad 'arrested at Tunisia border'

April 1, 2019 5:15 am

A top Algerian businessman has been arrested while trying to cross into neighbouring Tunisia, local media say.

Ali Haddad is one of the country’s richest men and a long-time backer of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is under intense pressure to quit.

Demonstrators have been demanding that Mr Bouteflika and those close to him step aside.

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On Tuesday Algeria’s powerful army chief, Gen Ahmed Gaed Salah, urged the ailing leader to stand down.

 

Algerian media say Mr Haddad, 54, was carrying a British passport and large sums of money when he was arrested trying to cross the Tunisian border by car in the early hours of Sunday.

The reason for the reported arrest is not clear. Mr Haddad recently resigned as head of Algeria’s employers’ organisation, FCE.

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