The Algerian Constitutional Council scrapped the July 4 presidential election date on Sunday, June 2, rejecting two candidates who had reportedly failed to reach 60,000 signatures in support of their candidacies. Thousands protested in Algiers on Sunday following the announcement, demanding the ouster of interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, who was instructed by the Constitutional Council to organize a new election at an unspecified later date. Security forces reportedly blocked protesters from demonstrating near the Central faculty of the University of Algiers.
Bensalah is to be expected to continue his tenure over the coming weeks amid additional anti-government protests and demonstrations. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected near demonstration sites.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned 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.
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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