The Algerians are seeking a revolution against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for resuming office in the fifth term. In pursuance of the mass street protests, Bouteflika gave up on his ambitions. But the demonstrations have not quelled, as the Algerians now seek a comprehensive recasting of their governmental framework. Critics have argued that the mass protests in Algeria could be a sign of an emerging Arab Spring-part II.
Arab Spring 2.0 on the cards?
The most trenchant similarity between the Algerian protests and Arab Spring 2011 is the slogans chanted across the streets of Algeria.
In 2011, the protesters wanted to topple the long-standing Arab regimes, and now the Algerians are demanding to abolish the fifth mandate for Bouteflika. Both the narratives sound somewhat similar.
The Algeria Arab Spring has been escalating because Bouteflika is still holding power in the office. Though the loyalists have appointed him as a transitional authority, and he has assured to introduce a new constitution before elections, the people suspect a foul play in his removal from the office.
Protesters believe that the old leader is giving enough cues to cling on the authority. Moreover, there are both internal and external powers that don’t want change to happen.
International players, mostly Gulf countries, are most likely behind the suppression of protesting voices in Algeria before the elections. The indications of peace warnings and funds from United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia for the Algerian Arab Spring are quite patent.
The rich monarchies are using their strong financial links and influence with Algerian clans in power to promote the establishment of a strong dictatorship in the country.
It is difficult to say whether Algeria is slowly moving towards a civil war, like that of Libya, Yemen and Syria, or similar to the 1990s, when thousands were killed during the war. The outcomes of Saudi and UAE funds for meddling in the Algerian presidential elections can be hazardous.