THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS TAKE TO STREETS OF ALGIERS

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Thousands of protesters have once again taken to the streets of Algiers, demanding sweeping change in the country’s political apparatus. This follows the sacking of intelligence chief Athmane Tartag, a key ally of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

The resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the appointment of a caretaker set-up has failed to ease tensions in Algeria.

Protesters have once again rallied through the capital to demand the removal of interim Prime Minister Nouredine Bedoui and other establishment figures.

“We are here to overthrow Noureddine Bedoui’s (interim prime minister’s) government, to overthrow the counterfeit parliament, to overthrow Tayeb Belaiz, and to overthrow the rest of the gang,” one protestor said.

Algeria is currently in the hands of a caretaker government, which will stay in office until elections in three months’ time. But its appointment has done little to mollify anger on the streets.

“They all must leave, unless they will be judged. We don’t want any one of them, we are fed up with all of them, we are fed up, we are tired,” Ben Qassem, a protestor, said. No clear successor to Bouteflika has emerged since his departure on Wednesday.

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