Hundreds of people took to the streets of Algiers on Friday for the 15th consecutive week to protest against Algeria’s interim government and demand a total change in the country’s ruling system.
According to reports, police arrested around 30 protesters in the peaceful demonstration.
Protesters could be heard chanting “No bargaining with the gangs”, as they demand the departure of interim President Abdelkader Bensaleh and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui. “If you ask all the people here, they will tell you the same thing: ‘the uprising does not engage in talks with the gang’,” said one protester.
The protests in Algeria erupted in February, as the country’s long-time president, the 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was expected to announce his candidacy for a fifth term.
The nationwide demonstrations ultimately prompted Bouteflika to resign on April 2.
One week later, Algeria’s parliament appointed Abdelkader Bensaleh as the country’s interim-president for the next 90 days. Bensalah has since announced a new presidential election, scheduled for July 4, to choose a successor to Bouteflika.
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