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Growing pressure on Algerian ruling elite to agree consensus presidential candidate or face intensifying potentially disruptive protests

25 February 2019


Two separate protests were held on 22 and 24 February, organised by unidentified social media users; tens of thousands gathered across Algeria, including in the capital Algiers, Bejaia, Khenchela, and Adrar. Protests on 24 February in Algiers, under the opposition group ‘Mouwatana’ (citizenry), involved hundreds of people.

Protesters are rejecting a proposed fifth term by incumbent President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. These are the largest demonstrations in Algeria since the 2001 riots led by ethnic Berbers and notably have been joined by working class Algerians who have traditionally made up the bedrock of Bouteflika’s support base. Further protests are scheduled for 1 March.

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