Opposition activists have called for a protest in Algiers on Friday, June 28, to demand a fundamental change in political leadership. Participants are expected to meet at the Place de la Grande Poste at 14:00 (local time). Tens of thousands of people participated in a similar opposition protest on Friday, June 21, where local sources reported that the police arrested several people and used tear gas to disperse the protesters.
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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