"Barakat (that's enough), this system! "We'll only stop when you all leave," "Get out, Bensalah! "… Their slogans, well run, now resonate like a familiar echo in the ears of citizens around the world.
Friday, April 19, for the ninth week in a row, thousands of Algerians left to demonstrate to call for the eradication of all 'System' policy introduced by the deposed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, pushed early April to the exit by the combined pressure of the army and the street.
On the strength of their previous success, having ended in the week initially forced by a new cacique of the regime, the president of the Constitutional Council Tayeb Belaiz, the protesters massively gathered before the Grand Post. Emblematic, this building located in the center of Algiers has established itself as the great rallying point of protest in the capital. And it could still be the theater, these next Fridays, a popular mobilization that does not intend to falter without winning.
"Feniche, Belaiz: kif-kif"
Protesters are still calling for the resignation of Abdelkader Bensalah, president of the Upper House propelled in mid-April interim head of state – as required by the constitutional framework of the country – and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, both considered members of the "First circle" of "Apparatus" Bouteflika.
So far, every day of significant mobilization has allowed Algerians to obtain, more or less, a concession, a setback or a new head.
"It's not because Belaiz has resigned that it's over," explained to Agence France-Presse (AFP), Lyes Adimi, a 24-year-old student demonstrating in Algiers. Especially since his replacement, Kamel Feniche, a member since 2016 of the Constitutional Council and unknown to the general public has, for the protesters, all the characteristics of the faithful servant of the 'System'. "Feniche, Belaiz: kif-kif"can we read on an Algerian sign?
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Believing that the structures and figures of the old regime can not guarantee a free and fair election, the protesters now hope to obtain the cancellation of the next presidential election, set for July 4 by the interim power. They demand a transition process managed by structures ad hoc. A scenario always rejected by the army, which supports the current transition. In power and on the opposition side, political parties are marginalized and made inaudible by the opposition.
"Solution to the crisis"
" All options remain open to find a solution to the crisis as soon as possible "However, this week, General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, Algeria's chief of staff and de facto strongman, suggested that the military could once again consider relaxing its position. Contested by the street who considers him an ex-pillar of the regime, he also sought to reassure the demonstrators, saying that the army would not return its weapons against the people.
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Accused in recent weeks of trying to quell the protests, the police was rather quiet on Friday, April 19, in the Algerian capital. She nevertheless cordoned off a 100-meter-long tunnel, usually used by protesters, in which she was accused a week earlier of tear gas firing causing a dangerous crowd movement. According to the national television, several demonstrations would also be held now in other Algerian cities.