Since protesters forced veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit in April, the standoff between them and the authorities has focused on new elections.
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 Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia to be held in custody after he faced a judge in connection with a corruption investigation, state television reported.
With banners reading “You all go” and “We need new figures,” thousands of protesters gathered in the Algerian capital on Friday for what has become a regular demonstration demanding the removal of the ruling elite.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will resign before his mandate ends on April 28, state news agency APS said on Monday, bowing to weeks of mass protests and army pressure seeking an end to his 20-year rule.