Thousands are rallying across Algeria on Friday, June 7, to demand fundamental changes in political leadership following former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation from office and the postponement of the planned July 4 elections. Large demonstrations have been reported at Place de la Grande Poste in central Algiers, amid a heightened security presence; some protesters have already been arrested. The latest gatherings mark the 16th consecutive Friday that demonstrations have taken place across Algeria.
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.
Further political rallies and protests are likely across Algeria in the coming days and weeks amid the ongoing political uncertainty.
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 the elections.
On June 2, the Algerian Constitutional Council scrapped the July 4 presidential election date, rejecting two candidates who had reportedly failed to reach 60,000 signatures in support of their candidacies. Thousands protested in Algiers following the announcement, demanding the ousting of interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, who was instructed by the Constitutional Council to organize a new election at an unspecified later date. Bensalah is expected to continue his tenure over the coming weeks amid additional anti-government protests and demonstrations.
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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