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Algeria: Thousands Protest in Algiers After July 4 Elections Are Scrapped

Anti-establishment protesters, students included, hit the streets of Algiers on Sunday to continue raising their demand to end the rule of interim President Abdelkader Bensalah following Algeria’s constitutional council cancelling the slated July 4 presidential election.

The move, which came after the council rejected the only two candidates, is expected to anger the protesters further as it will likely extend the rule of interim President Bensalah.

The protesters, who were carrying banners and Algerian flags, were forcefully prevented by the security forces from walking outside the Central faculty of the University of Algiers.

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 who in turn announced a new presidential election, scheduled for July 4, to choose a successor to Bouteflika.

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