Hundreds of people protested in Algiers on Thursday evening (local time), November 21, for a second consecutive day to denounce the interim government's decision to hold presidential elections on December 12. Demonstrators reportedly marched through Rue Didouche Mourad demanding the elections be canceled until fundamental changes in political leadership can be undertaken. Heightened security measures and lingering traffic disruptions are to be expected in Algiers over the coming hours.
Additional, nationwide protests and political rallies are to be expected throughout the campaign period amid heightened tensions in the country. A heightened security presence and associated disruptions to transportation, business, and internet service are likely around large protests. Clashes between rival political supporters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
On September 15, Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced that presidential elections would 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. An interim 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.
Individuals in Algiers and across Algeria are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized disruptions to business and transportation around protest sites.
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