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Algerians Protest Ruling Government for 21st Straight Week

HeadlineJul 15, 2019

In Algeria, protesters took to the streets Friday for the 21st straight week to call for the establishment of independent, civilian-led institutions to oversee upcoming elections.

Radia: “The regime has to fall, and we will build another Algeria, free and independent, an independent justice, an independent regime and an independent president, to build a country with an independent economy. We rule our country. We are the youth.”

Longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April amid the popular uprising. Elections planned for July 4 were canceled after protesters said they would be controlled by the army and politicians from the ruling elite. Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah—who is backed by the military—remains in power despite his mandate having expired last week.

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