Algeria – This Friday, May, 10th, marks the 12th Act of anti-regime demonstrations. After three contests against the candidacy of Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth presidential term, the head of state responded favorably by giving up his candidacy and postponing indefinitely the presidential election that was scheduled for April 18.
Subsequently, both houses of Parliament (the Council of the Nation and the People’s National Assembly), sitting together Tuesday, in Algiers, took note of the Constitutional Council’s declaration of the permanent vacancy of the post of president of the Republic, following the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The speaker of the Council of the Nation (upper house), Abdelkader Bensalah, assumed the charge of Head of State for a maximum period of 90 days, according to Article 102 of the Constitution.
Three weeks ago, it was declared that the upcoming presidential election is due to take place on July, 4th.
This Friday is, however, particular, since it is the first friday in the holy month of Ramadan. The citizens will first have to organize themselves and adapt to the peculiarities of this month.
In addition, this 12th Friday of protest comes in a context marked by arrests and imprisonment of high-ranked personalities, starting with the detention in custody by the military court of Said Bouteflika and the generals Toufik and Tartag. More recently, yesterday, it was Louisa Hanoune who was heard by the military examining magistrate who decided to hold her in provisional detention.
The judgment of Saïd Bouteflika is one of the major claims of “Hirak” since February 22. However, other claims remain unsatisfied, namely the departure of Abdelkader Bensalah and Noureddine Bedoui.
11:00 am: Protesters continue to flock to the Algiers Grand Post, where dozens of citizens are already gathered.
10:00 am: Despite Ramadan, dozens of protesters are gathering early in front of the Grand Post Office in Algiers.