President Abdelmadjid Tebboune called the election following the dissolution of the National People’s Assembly (APN) in an attempt to take the wind out of the sails of nation-wide protests organised by the “Hirak” movement.
‘”Hirak,” which means “movement” in Arabic, can be best described as a pro-democratic, but largely unstructured and leaderless grouping. Thousands of Algerians, among them many women, have been demanding a sweeping overhaul of the opaque Algerian political system for two years.
Notwithstanding its structural shortcomings, Hirak had managed to put pressure on the previous authoritarian regime of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who resigned in April 2019 after two decades in power.
Election is not a turning point
Tebboune, Bouteflika’s successor, and former prime minister, has officially embraced the Hirak movement and even called it a blessing for the country. He also promised a “major government reshuffle to fulfill the