Thousands of people demonstrated across Algeria on Friday, February 22, to denouce President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plans to run for a fifth term. Bouteflika, in office since 1999, announced he would seek re-election on February 10, prompting widespread criticism from opposition parties who subsequently planned a series of protests. Thousands marched in Algiers at Place du 1er Mai and in El Mouradia district near the Presidential Palace where security forces used tear gas to disperse the crowds. Rallies were also reported in Annaba, Relizane, Oran, Tizi Ouzou, Bejaia, and Tiaret, among others. Similar demonstrations are also expected in urban centers throughout the country on Sunday, February 24. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
Civil unrest may continue to mount in advance of the planned April 18 presidential election. In early February, the National Liberation Front (FLN) party officially presented President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's - in power since 1999 - candidacy in the elections.
Individuals in Algeria are advised to monitor the situation and avoid all demonstrations.
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