The Algerian Confederation of Trade Unions has called for a nationwide strike on Monday, October 28, against the perceived corruption of the political leadership and to demand democratic institutions in the country. Associated protests and demonstrations are expected to take place in major urban areas, including Algiers, on Monday. A national march is also planned on Friday, November 1. Political rallies and protests are likely across Algeria in the coming days and weeks.
A heightened security presence and associated disruptions (e.g. transportation, commercial, internet service) are likely during the scheduled protests. Clashes between protesters and police cannot be ruled out.
On Sunday, September 15, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced that presidential elections will be held on December 12, following months of political tensions in Algeria, sparked by former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's intention to run for a fifth term. A caretaker government was approved on March 31, though protesters have continued to hold demonstrations. Presidential elections previously set for July 4 were called off by the Algerian Constitutional Council after the only two candidates were rejected.
Demonstrators are denouncing the government's decision to hold presidential elections on December 12, and are demanding fundamental changes in political leadership before any election is held. Protesters also called for the release of political activists.
Individuals in Algeria, and particularly in Algiers, 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 around protest sites.
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