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30 août 2019 | 10h00 UTC

Algeria: Anti-government protests scheduled in Algiers August 30 /update 29

Algeria Alerte de sécurité

Anti-government protest to take place in Algiers August 30; similar protests to be expected in other Algerian cities

TIMEFRAME expected from 30/8/2019, 12h00 until 30/8/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Algiers). COUNTRY/REGION Algiers, Algeria

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Event

An anti-government protest is scheduled to take place in Algiers on Friday, August 30, demanding fundamental changes in political leadership for a 28th consecutive week of demonstrations in the wake of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation from office in April. Additional security personnel have reportedly been deployed across the capital ahead of the protest. Participants are likely to gather at Place de la Grande Poste; related protests are likely in other Algerian 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 elections take place.

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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