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While Algerians decided to resume the popular movement demanding change more than two years ago, the authorities in Algeria announced a “new” government, which is the third combination headed by Abdelaziz Jarad, since his inauguration as prime minister in 2019 “in response to the demands for change,” as government media said.

Activists see Asma’s continuing work with successive governments since the era of the former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, as an indication that the political system is indifferent to the demands of the people, as Mourad Asri, a youth of the popular movement, says. Government media talk about a “new Algeria.”

On Monday, Algerians went out in large numbers to celebrate the second anniversary of the popular movement that began in February 2019, while activists said that security forces arrested dozens in the capital, where the protests were focused.

The demonstrators chanted slogans against the President, Abdel Majid Tebboune, and the symbols of the authority. The banners raised by the protesters included slogans including “The people did not go out to celebrate the movement, but to return to the demand for the departure of all the symbols of the regime.”

Phrases such as “Maginash, bash, naflo, jina bash, leave” were repeated in most of the states that saw the masses protesting Monday.

Murad Asri sees the wide spread of police officers in the capital, since the early hours of Monday, “evidence of the authority’s fear of the popular uprising that no longer believes the formal changes in some names.”

In an interview with Al-Hurra, he said that the authority tries every time to make promises that do not live up to the demands of the people that they made during the movement and before it, “We demand the completion of independence since 1962,” he kept repeating the man.

Since its independence from France in 1962, Algeria has lived through every period of peaceful popular protests demanding change and the removal of the military establishment from the political arena.

The most prominent of those demonstrations were those that Algeria knew in 1980, after which it became known as the Amazigh Spring, then the October 1988 uprising that led to multi-party and media pluralism, and then in 2001 when the residents of the Kabylie region rose up against what was described at the time as the “tyranny of the gendarmerie” in the region.

However, some Algerians reject the idea of ​​demonstrating to force the government to change, and some of them demand a change of mindset “first before demanding change from the authority,” which is expressed in some comments on social media.

Ahead of the commemoration of the second anniversary of the popular movement that forced President Bouteflika to resign, the authorities gave signs of calm in the street, already charged with declining purchasing power.

President Tebboune decided to presidential pardon for more than 30 detainees from the movement, dissolve the parliament that was elected during Bouteflika’s last term, and then make a government reshuffle, which is the third in a year, but all of this “laughed at the chin,” according to the expression of activist Rajab Mohiuddin from the capital.

Mohiuddin, who has participated in most of the demonstrations since February 2019, said in a call with the Al-Hurra website that the government has made people not fulfilling their promises for more than 60 years, and that any change prior to the protests is part of the profit of time only.

Professor at the University of Setif (East), Derbal Abdel-Hay, believes that the successive government changes are “a harbinger of instability.”

Abdel Hay, who runs a center concerned with strategic research, said in an interview with Al-Hurra that the timing of President Tebboune’s decisions gives the impression that the authority is confused and afraid of the street’s reaction to the delay in responding to the promises of change it made after the 2019 presidential elections, which were boycotted by most Algerians.

“The reality of the situation confirms the authenticity of the street’s vision and belies the government’s promises. This is the simplest analysis that can be given to explain what is happening,” Abdel-Hay asserts.

However, the journalist and political analyst, Noureddine Khattal, believes that the government reshuffle made by President Tebboune is part of the process of change that he promised since entering Mouradia Palace. He added, “This amendment should have taken place directly after the election of Tebboune, but it was delayed due to the epidemic.”

Khattal does not see the government change as “evidence of instability,” as some political analysts in Algeria claim.

“The Jerad government should have lasted no more than three months,” confirms Khattal, before realizing that Tebboune was “planning to change the government, then amend the constitution and then dissolve parliament, but the Corona epidemic disrupted all that.”





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