Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take part in nationwide protests on Friday, April 26, to demand fundamental leadership change to the political system and a democratic transition following Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation. Large demonstrations are likely in central Algiers and in other major cities.
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.
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 elections are held on July 4.
Individuals in Algiers are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized business and transportation disruptions near any demonstrations.
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