Thousands of demonstrators are reportedly marching through Algiers and other cities on Friday, May 17, to demand fundamental changes in political leadership following former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation from office. According to local sources, protesters have gathered near the Place de la Grande Post in central Algiers as of Friday afternoon (local time), while demonstrators in Bordj Bou Arreridj reportedly blocked roads and highways. The latest gatherings mark the 13th consecutive Friday that demonstrations have taken place across Algeria.
Political rallies and protests are likely across Algeria in the coming days and weeks amid ongoing political uncertainty. A heightened security presence and associated disruptions (e.g. transportation, commercial, internet service) are likely during protests. Clashes between protesters and police 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 Algeria are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized business and transportation disruptions near demonstration sites.
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