President of the People's National Assembly (APN) Moad Bouchareb resigned on Tuesday, July 2, following weeks of sustained pressure by protesters who are seeking fundamental change in political leadership. Bouchareb - former head of the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) party until he was replaced in May - reportedly lost the support of multiple political parties, including the FLN and the Democratic National Rally (RND) party. Vice President of the parliament Abderrazak Kerbache will take over as interim head of the APN for a period of 15 days, at which point a new president is set to be elected.
Protests are likely in Algiers and other Algerian cities in the wake of the announcement 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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