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17 juill. 2019 | 10h36 UTC

Algeria: Ongoing protest reported outside the Court of Justice in Algiers July 17 /update 21

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Ongoing protest outside the Court of Justice in Algiers July 17; heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 17/7/2019, 12h00 until 20/7/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Algiers). COUNTRY/REGION Algiers

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Event

A protest has been reported outside the Court of Justice in Algiers as of Tuesday, July 17, to demand the release of protesters who were arrested in recent anti-government demonstrations. An increased security presence along with localized transportation disruptions are to be anticipated.

Similar protests are to be expected in Algeria over the coming weeks amid a heightened security presence. Localized transportation disruptions are likely near protest sites.

Context

Political tensions have been high in Algeria since 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 of people protested in Algiers following the announcement, demanding the removal of interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, who was instructed by the Constitutional Council to organize a new election at an unspecified later date. While Bensalah's mandate expired on July 9, he is expected to continue his tenure over the coming weeks amid additional anti-government protests and demonstrations.

Advice

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 business and transportation disruptions around protest sites.

 

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