On Sunday, September 15, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced that presidential elections will be held on December 12. Bensalah made the announcement via a televised address on Sunday evening (local time). Presidential elections previously set for July 4 were called off by the Algerian Constitutional Council after the only two candidates were rejected.
Political rallies and protests are likely across Algeria in the coming days and weeks amid ongoing political uncertainty. A heightened security presence and associated disruptions (e.g. transportation, commercial, internet service) are likely during protests. Clashes between protesters and police cannot be ruled out.
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.
In June, thousands of people protested in Algiers following the cancellation of the July 4 election, 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 months amid additional anti-government protests and demonstrations.
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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