On Tuesday, April 9, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced that presidential elections will take place on July 4. Bensalah gave a televised address on Tuesday, promising that the vote will be free and transparent. On Wednesday, April 10, the army chief of staff said that the military would “watch over” the election preparations. Later in the day thousands of people rallied in Algiers, demanding fundamental changes to the political system.
Political rallies and protests are likely across Algeria in the coming days and weeks amid ongoing political uncertainty. 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.
Bensalah was appointed as interim president for 90 days following the resignation President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on April 2. He will not be allowed to run in the July 4 election.
Multiple protests have been organized across the country since February 22 in response to then-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's campaign to be reelected for a fifth term; presidential elections were set for April 18 before being postponed by the president. Bouteflika previously stated he would not run for reelection following weeks of protests over his candidacy and ultimately announced his resignation on April 2. Despite Bouteflika's resignation and although a new caretaker government was approved on March 31, demonstrators have vowed to continue protesting until new elections are held.
Individuals in Algeria are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate business and transportation disruptions as well as a heightened security presence near protest sites, refrain from discussing political subjects in public or on social media, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities and their home government.
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