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Algerian students demonstrate over the weekend. Photo: Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is ending his bid for a 5th term in office and will postpone the presidential elections scheduled for next month in light of massive street protests.

The backdrop: Bouteflika is 82 and has rarely appeared in public since suffering a debilitating stroke in 2013. He remains in power because Algeria's fractured elites have failed to agree on another way to "ensure the equilibrium of power," according to the Atlantic Council's Karim Mezran. The infirm president's candidacy became a rallying point for the protestors who have filled the streets for weeks.

The latest: Algeria's prime minister has also resigned and will be replaced by Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui, who will be asked to form a new government.

What to watch:

  • The regime in Algeria survived the Arab Spring in 2011 in part through economic subsidies made possible by its energy wealth. There were scattered protests since, but a combination of cash and repression kept them isolated. Now there's less money to dole out, more doubts surrounding the army's loyalty, and no obvious Plan B.
  • The elites are in a tough spot. To find another candidate who satisfies protestors and elites alike "would be the act of a magician," Mezran told me. "How can they do it in one month when they couldn't do it for four years?"

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A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

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Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."