Algeria’s army said on Sunday it would not back any candidate in a presidential election set for December to choose a successor to Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
A military court in Algeria on Wednesday jailed for 15 years two former intelligence chiefs, the brother of a former president and the leader of a political party for “conspiring against the army”.
Hundreds of Algerians marched on Tuesday against an election called for December, chanting “we will not vote until the regime men are removed”.
Algeria has prevented foreign investors from holding stakes of more than 49%, and large parts of the economy have remained under state control.
On the face of it, Algeria’s state-dominated economy has weathered six months of turmoil well, with flight loads of public sector workers heading abroad for holidays even as protesters who ousted the veteran president in April now target his allies.
Algeria’s culture minister has resigned, following the deaths of five young music fans in a stampede at a packed concert by a popular rapper.
Tens of thousands of Algerians returned to the streets in the capital Algiers and other cities on Friday to demand radical political reforms and the departure of the ruling elite.
Sadio Mane’s Senegal and an Algeria side captained by Riyad Mahrez will attempt to secure their place in Africa Cup of Nations history in Friday’s final in Cairo.
Algerian lawmakers late on Wednesday elected an Islamist opposition figure as chairperson of parliament under pressure from mass protests demanding the departure of the ruling elite.
Algerian authorities on Monday placed in preventive detention a former cabinet minister under ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika on suspicion of squandering public funds, state television said.