Algeria – This Friday, May, 17th, marks the 13th Act of anti-regime demonstrations. After three contests against the candidacy of Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth presidential term, the President responded favorably by giving up his candidacy and postponing indefinitely the presidential election that was scheduled for April 18.
Earlier, the sixth act of the “Hirak” was marked above all by an unexpected position of the National People’s Army, announced by the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, who called for the application of the Article 102 of the Constitution, dismissing the President of the Republic on the grounds of illness.
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.
One month ago, it was declared that the upcoming presidential election is due to take place on July, 4th.
Last Friday was, however, particular, since it is the first friday in the holy month of Ramadan.
Since the first Friday, many demands have been met, but the popular movement showed no signs of weakening even on its 13th Friday.
12:00 pm: In Algiers, protesters reject any manipulation attempt dictated by instrumented voices from abroad.
11:45: The demonstrators try to force the security device to access the Grand Post of Algiers.
10:40 am: A draconian security device deployed in front of the Grand Post Office.
10:30 am: Beginning of the gathering at the Grand Post of Algiers. Dozens of protesters are coming in.