Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Algiers on Friday, May 3, to demand that the country's political elite step down from office following the resignation of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on April 2. Specifically, the demonstrators called for the ouster of interim President Abdelkader Bensalah and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui. The demonstration in the capital passed off peacefully and without major incident.
Similar protests are to be expected in Algiers over the coming weeks, particularly on Fridays. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are likely around protest sites and clashes between security forces and demonstrators cannot be ruled out.
Bouteflika resigned as president on April 2 following weeks of protests sparked by his intention to run for a fifth term. A caretaker government was approved on March 31, though protesters have vowed to continue to hold demonstrations until elections are held on July 4.
Individuals in Algiers are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized business and transportation disruptions near any demonstrations.
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