As Algeria’s powerful army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah pushes ahead with the presidential elections he says are the only way out of the political upheaval shaking the country, prime minister Noureddine Bedoui is set to stand down soon to “facilitate” the process, according to a 10 September Reuters report.

But this is unlikely to placate protesters who are demanding the removal of the entire political leadership before they agree to participate in elections. They have so far managed to postpone two planned votes and forced president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign after 20 years in power (MEES, 5 April). (CONTINUED - 365 WORDS)