The National Magistrates Syndicate announced on Thursday, November 7, the suspension of the indefinite strike launched on Sunday, October 27, after successful talks with the government. The agreement reached between the syndicate and the government includes a workshop on the independence of the judiciary, as the strike was initially launched by the magistrates to demand an independent and impartial judicial system ahead of the scheduled presidential elections on December 12.
Political rallies and protests related to the upcoming elections are expected across Algeria in the coming days and weeks. A heightened security presence and associated disruptions (e.g. transportation, commercial, internet service) are likely during any protests. Clashes between protesters and police cannot be ruled out.
On 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 interim 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, and particularly in Algiers, are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized disruptions to businesses and transportation around protest sites.
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