Algerian protesters hit streets with PM set to resign

  • Wednesday 11, September 2019 06:25 AM
  • Algerian protesters hit streets with PM set to resign
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Thousands took to the streets of Algiers on Tuesday (September 10) as Algerian Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui looks set to resign, according to Reuters sources.
Students holding a weekly protest chanted that they would accept no elections "until the gang is removed", a reference to Bouteflika's power circle, an elite entrenched largely since independence from France in 1962.

Bedoui's departure is a major demand of protesters, who in April forced president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit after 20 years in office, and who have rejected fresh elections until there is a more thorough change of the power structure.

The mass demonstrations began in February and have continued since Bouteflika's departure, with the loose-knit "Herak" movement demanding that all figures associated with him also leave and that the army play a smaller role in state affairs.

The election had been scheduled for July, but was postponed as a result of the crisis, leaving major oil- and gas-exporter Algeria in a constitutional deadlock.