The announcement of ailing incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s re-election bid for a fifth term has proven to be the last straw for the Algerian people. Tired of Bouteflika’s 20-year-rule and his stagnant political regime, Algerians took to the streets in cities across the country in mass demonstrations against the increasingly farcical establishment.

Protesters in Algeria. Photo: Reuters
Dr Mohamed Chtatou is a professor at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat.