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Election 2014: Algerian protest risks will remain high beyond presidential poll

09 April 2014

Key Points

  • The cancellation shows the degree of hostility faced by Bouteflika's campaign in some areas of Algeria, particularly those with Berber populations.
  • The 17 April 2014 election and Bouteflika's probable victory are unlikely to mark the end of such protests, especially in the Kabylie region.
  • In the event of a mass national uprising, the army's choice would more likely be a managed leadership transition rather than overwhelming lethal force to crush protests.

EVENT

On 7 April 2014, a planned campaign rally for incumbent presidential candidate Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Batna was cancelled for "logistical reasons".

Protestors burn a picture of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Bejaia, eastern Algeria, on 5 April 2014 as demonstrators call for a boycott of the upcoming presidential election in which Bouteflika is running for a fourth term. (AP Photo/ Sidali Djarboub) (PA)Protestors burn a picture of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Bejaia, eastern Algeria, on 5 April 2014 as demonstrators call for a boycott of the upcoming presidential election in which Bouteflika is running for a fourth term. (AP Photo/ Sidali Djarboub) (PA)

Fractures in the political system



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