Many believe that Said Bouteflika, younger brother of the former Algerian President, has been behind the system that served political elites at the expense of the Algerian population.
Rabat – On Saturday Algerian law enforcement arrested Said Bouteflika, the younger brother of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Police arrested Bouteflika’s brother along with General Mohamed Mediene, known as Toufik, and ex-intelligence coordinator Athmane Tartag. They were apprehended for alleged “conspiracy” against the anti-government protests.
The two military generals served in top positions during Bouteflika’s time as president.
The arrest of Bouteflika staff comes amid nationwide protests calling for radical change. The protests are also demanding the politicians from Bouteflika’s era to resign and to be held accountable for abusing power.
Protests began on February 22 in response to Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth term. The protests managed to push several officials to resign, including Bouteflika and some of his former staff.
Algeria’s top army chief Gaid Salah vowed to continue to arrest “corrupt” politicians and military officers to “restore the confidence of the people,” reported DW.
Friday marked the 11th week of protests in Algeria.
Algerian Interim President Abdelkader announced that the election would be held on July 4. Many protesters, however, are threatening to boycott the election.