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Public streets in Algiers witnessed continued authority on civilian violence as dissent grew against ex-regime stalwarts remaining in power. Despite Bouteflika’s step down from power, demonstrators have continued to rally in Algiers and across the country, demanding that transitional bodies be set up ahead of any election.
The army, a key powerbroker, has insisted the July 4 poll must go ahead and any change to the constitution would be up to a future president.
Hundreds of students from colleges, institutes and high schools gathered in the streets to protest against what they perceived as an attempt for the revival of the Bouteflika regime.
Contrary to the weekly protests, Tuesday’s march came after a speech given by the country’s de facto ruler, Army Chief Gaid Salah, in which he attacked “conspirators and those seeking to block all possible solutions and drown the country in a political impasse.”
Emphasizing “the need to accelerate the establishment of an independent body to organize and oversee the elections,” Salah said holding the poll would “stop those who are trying to prolong this crisis.”
Security forces broke up a student sit-in outside the government’s headquarters in Algiers, leading to limited clashes. No injuries have been reported.
The capital also saw thousands of students and faculty members stage demonstrations near the University of Algiers, where they chanted slogans against Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui and his caretaker government.
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