Tens of thousands of Algerian protesters marched on Friday to demand that a presidential election next month be canceled until the old ruling guard step aside and the army quit politics.
Weekly protests have taken place on Tuesdays and Fridays since February, but demonstrators appear eager to increase their street presence in the run up to the vote.
Five candidates will run in Algeria’s presidential election next month, including two former prime ministers, the head of the election authority said on Saturday, amid mass protests rejecting the vote.
Hundreds of Algerians protested in front of parliament on Sunday against a proposed energy law that they said the caretaker government had no right to p
Algerian protesters vowed to keep up street rallies against the country’s ruling elite on Friday, rejecting a December presidential election with banners reading “we will not shut up”, “we are not ready to stop” and “I will not vote”.
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.