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27 août 2019 | 14h31 UTC

Algeria: Student demonstrations reported in Algiers, other cities Aug. 27 /update 28

Algeria Alerte de sécurité

Thousands of students participate in anti-government protest in Algiers, other cities August 27; similar protests to be expected in Algiers and other Algerian cities over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 27/8/2019, 12h00 until 29/8/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Algiers). COUNTRY/REGION Algiers, Béjaïa (Béjaïa province), Oran, Annaba

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Event

A student protest has been reported in Algiers on Tuesday, August 27, to demand a fundamental change in political leadership. Protesters in Algiers gathered at Place des Martyrs and Alger Centre. Related protests were notably held in AnnabaBéjaïa, and Oran, among other cities.

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.

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 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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