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20 nov. 2019 | 22h03 UTC

Algeria: Hundreds protest in Algiers November 20, denouncing planned December 12 election /update 48

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Hundreds protest in Algiers November 20, denouncing planned December 12 election; additional election-related demonstrations to be expected over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 20/11/2019, 12h00 until 12/12/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Algiers). COUNTRY/REGION Algiers

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Event

Hundreds of people protested in Algiers late (local time) on Wednesday, November 20, denouncing a planned December 12 presidential election. Demonstrators marched through main thoroughfares in the capital, with security forces attempting to disperse them. Heightened security measures and lingering traffic disruptions are to be expected in Algiers over the coming hours.

Additional, nationwide protests and political rallies are to be expected throughout the campaign period amid heightened tensions in the country. A heightened security presence and associated disruptions to transportation, business, and internet service are likely around large protests. Clashes between rival political supporters and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

On September 15, Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced that presidential elections would 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. An 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.

Advice

Individuals in Algiers and across Algeria are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized disruptions to business and transportation around protest sites.

 

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