As Algerian authorities crack down on bearers of the Amazigh (Berber) flag, Defence lawyers calling for six defendants’ acquittal, argue that brandishing Amazigh flag poses no threat to national unity.
Troops allied to the Tripoli government moved more vehicles from the western city of Misrata to defend the capital. Since Qaddafi’s downfall, the country has been divided between the UN-backed government in Tripoli and the parallel administration allied to Haftar
Amnesty International has warned the Algerian government against the use of excessive force ahead of the massive anti-government protests. Citizens of Algeria have been calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to renounce his plans to extend his 20-year presidency.
During the Iraqi Parliament's session, Muhammad al-Halbusi was elected as the Speaker of Parliament with the support of the Construction bloc. The Speaker of Parliament's two deputies were also elected in the session. Halbusi is currently the youngest Speaker of Parliament to ever be elected in Iraq.