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Classics Anniversary of the Hirak: Algeria marks the two years of the popular uprising

14:58  22 february  2021
14:58  22 february  2021 Source:   france24.com

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Demonstrations are expected on Monday in Algeria to mark the second anniversary of Hirak, the wave of demonstrations that led to the fall of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 2019.

A country crisscrossed by the police. Demonstrations are expected, Monday, February 22, in Algeria , after calls for demonstrations launched on the web for the second anniversary of the popular uprising of Hirak . Police checkpoints have been set up on several roads leading to the capital, according to various testimonies collected by AFP.

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We can hear helicopters over Algiers as a fine rain washes the streets of yesterday's sand wind.

To avoid delays linked to traffic jams, some Algerians went out at dawn to go to work. This is the case of Hamid, 54, a civil servant.

"I came from Hamadi (east of Algiers). I had to start at five in the morning. Two and a half hours of traffic jam to reach the center because of the gendarmerie roadblocks and then the police. They check every car, "said Hamid, a 54-year-old civil servant.

Launched on February 22, 2019, the Hirak, an unprecedented popular protest movement in Algeria, pushed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in power for two decades, to resign two months later.

A government reshuffle without much change

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The day before this second anniversary, Algerian President Abdemadjid Tebboune carried out a reshuffle of his government , eagerly awaited but without major team change.

The Prime Minister, Abdelaziz Djerad, however criticized, remains in his post as well as the holders of the royal ministries, according to the list published by the Presidency of the Republic.

The Minister of Energy, Abdelamadjid Attar, in charge of a declining oil rent, and his colleague from Industry, Ferhat Aït Ali, who is paying for his management of the issue of the revival of the automotive industry are starting.

Among the arrivals, with the Tourism portfolio, is Mohamed Ali Boughazi, a former adviser to the deposed ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, an appointment that makes people cringe on social networks.

On the other hand, the Minister of Justice, Belkacem Zeghmati, symbol of the fight against corruption but also of the judicial repression against the opposition and Hirak militants, keeps his portfolio, just like the Minister of Communication and government word, Ammar Belhimer, who keeps control of the media.

Before flying to Berlin at the beginning of January, to be treated there for post-Covid “complications”, Abdelmadjid Tebboune had however publicly expressed his dissatisfaction with the action of the Djerad government. "This reshuffle will concern sectors which record deficits in their management felt by the citizens and ourselves", he had then promised.

With AFP

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