Students scuffled with police during protests in Algiers on Tuesday held to call for the removal from office of officials from the previous administration, and for the postponement of the country’s presidential election, planned for July 4.
Carrying the Algerian flag and chanting slogans, protesters reportedly demanded the establishment of a transitional authority to review the country’s constitution and ensure free and fair elections.
On Monday, Algerian army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, reaffirmed his commitment to holding the presidential election on July 4, stressing that it could help Algeria avoid prolonging the current political crisis.
The protests began on February 16, shortly after then-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he was running for re-election.
Bouteflika resigned on April 2, following months of pressure from protesters and the military; however, the protests continued.
Protesters now want to sweep away the remnants of Boutieflika’s inner circle and make sure the old guard cannot hand-pick a new president.
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