Oppositional forces in Algeria are eager to clean the country's political system of its former corrupt elements following the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
With the announcement of the resignation of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algerians took to the streets to celebrate the end of his 20-year rule. While many citizens said that this would not be the end of their protests, the step signals the beginning of the reformation of their country. Some political parties in the country also announced that they would also withdraw from the political domain with Bouteflika. The National Liberation Front (FLN), which was the party affiliated with Bouteflika, said that the resignation was a positive step towards finding a solution for the constitutional crisis that had affected the country.
Earlier this year, Bouteflika announced that he would be running for a fifth term in the upcoming Algerian elections, which sparked a lot of controversy and protests throughout the country. Citizens and opposition parties called on the president to step down and allow the state to keep moving forward.
After weeks, Bouteflika announced that he rescinded his bid for the renewed presidency. However, this was considered not enough by the citizens who wanted to see him leave the position altogether.
As a result, the Algerian Chief of Staff announced that the army would no longer be supporting the ruler, forcing him to resign eventually.
Opposition parties said that although they were happy that Bouteflika stepped down, the entire political system has deteriorated and needs significant reformation.
“Bouteflika left along with al-Said, but the network of corruption that they left will remain for some time,” said Abderazzak Makri, the president of the Movement of the Algerian Peace Society (MSP). “Algeria can only recover by combating the culture of opportunism, bribery, deceit, and treachery. In addition to building a free Algerian society based on accountability, which can be achieved only by free and fair elections.”
Other parties also expressed their joy with the end of Bouteflika’s rule, which they say has disrupted the country and crippled its future.
While the protests and reformation movement are far from over, the Algerian people have shown their resilience and strength in advocating for an end to Bouteflika’s lengthy rule.