Algerians again demonstrated on Friday to demand a radical change that includes symbols of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's regime and guarantees for fair elections.
In the twenty-first week of the popular movement, which began on 22 February, mass demonstrations took place in the Algerian capital, in the states of Oran, Tlemcen, Mostaganem, Tiaret, Boumerdes, Camp, Tipaza, Ain Timoshenko, Constantine, Blida, Jijel, Tizi Ouzou and Bouira.
Demonstrators in the capital and other states chanted slogans and raised banners calling for the departure of the remaining symbols of Bouteflika's regime, especially interim President Abdelkader Ben Saleh and Prime Minister Noureddine Badawi.
They also chanted slogans calling for the activation of Articles 7 and 8 of the Constitution, the first of which states that the people are the source of all authority, while the second says that the people exercise sovereignty through the constitutional institutions of their choice.
Among the slogans that were raised today are "Ben Saleh and Badawi .. leave", "a civil state military walk" and "free and democratic Algeria" and "unity we win .. the band break."
The slogans inspired by the performance of the Algerian football team, which reached the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations in Egypt, but some of the protesters said that the victories of the team will not distract them from their demands.
|Ben Saleh recently offered an initiative for a national dialogue on the presidential elections in which the power and the army (Anatolia)|
No clear initiative
As the popular movement continues for the 21st, there has been no clear and integrated initiative acceptable to the authorities, political forces and demonstrators at the same time, which keeps the political crisis going on even after Bouteflika resigned on April 2.
The Algerian interim president has recently offered a national dialogue on the organization of free presidential elections led by independent personalities and does not share power or the army.
Although the Ben Saleh initiative received the support of the army leadership, the political forces that met last Saturday in the Algerian capital seemed divided on whether the initiative could be dealt with positively.
Algerian journalist and activist Mohamed Alal told the island that the people continue to raise the same demands, including the departure of the government of Badawi.
In turn, political science and international relations professor Mshab Manas said that there has been a significant shift is the departure of Parliament Speaker Moaz Bouchareb, one of the officials whose movement was demanding the removal, referring to leaks about the possibility of changing the government of Badawi soon.