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04 sept. 2019 | 09h52 UTC

Algeria: Students protest in Algiers September 3 /update 30

Algeria Alerte de sécurité

Students gather in Algiers and other urban centers across the country September 3; similar protests to be expected

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

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Event

Hundreds of students held a protest in Algiers on Tuesday, September 3, to denounce a request by Algerian officials the day prior to hold presidential elections before the end of the year, as well as to demand fundamental changes in political leadership before any election is held. Similar protests were held in other urban centers, including Oran, Constantine, Tizi Ouzou, and Bejaia.

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. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

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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