A student protest has been reported in Algiers on Tuesday, July 2, to demand a fundamental change in political leadership. Protesters have gathered at Place des Martyrs on the morning (local time) and are expected to head to Place Audin. A heightened security presence has been reported in the vicinity of the demonstration site, as well as in central Algiers. Localized traffic disruptions are likely. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Similar protests are to be expected in Algiers and other Algerian cities over the coming weeks amid a heightened security presence. Localized transportation and business disruptions are to be anticipated around demonstration sites.
Former 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 the elections.
On June 2, the Algerian Constitutional Council scrapped the July 4 presidential election, 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 Algiers, and Algeria more generally, are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized business and transportation disruptions.
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