Algeria: Protests Continue

After weeks of protests that culminated in the overthrow of ailing leader Albelaziz Bouteflika ( MEES, 5 April ), Algeria on 10 April set a date of 4 July for presidential elections. But demonstrators aren’t letting up.

On 12 April protesters returned to the streets to demand the exit of freshly sworn-in interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, who they see as part of the system they want to bring down.

Army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah, who was widely seen as giving the final push to Mr Bouteflika has been flexing his muscles in recent days. Setting himself and the army up as a key player in the months to come, on 10 April he promised Algerian’s the military “will meet the people’s demands”. (CONTINUED - 150 WORDS)