Algerian police tried but failed to disperse protesters gathered for the first Friday protests since the announcement of presidential elections to succeed deposed leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Aljazeera News Agency said in a report that there was no violence as riot police, clad in helmets and carrying shields, attempted to clear the principal protest site outside the landmark main post office in central Algiers.

Dozens of police, in their first such operation at the site, were encircled by hundreds of demonstrators, protesting against alleged maneuvering by the regime to stay in power.

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