A student protest has been reported in Algiers on Tuesday, September 17, to denounce the government's decision to hold presidential elections on December 12, as protesters demand fundamental changes in political leadership before any election is held, as well as the release of opposition leaders.
Protesters in Algiers gathered at Place des Martyrs. Dozens were reportedly arrested by security forces and a heightened security presence has been reported.
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.
On Sunday, September 15, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced that presidential elections will be held on December 12, following months of political tensions in Algeria, sparked by former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's intention to run for a fifth term. A caretaker government was approved on March 31, though protesters have continued to hold demonstrations. Presidential elections previously set for July 4 were called off by the Algerian Constitutional Council after the only two candidates were rejected.
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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