2019

10 February 2019

10 February 2019

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announces his candidacy for the fifth term.

22 February 2019

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Protests against the fifth term begin.

5 March 2019

5 March 2019

The armed forces chief of staff Gaid Salah promised to insure the security of the country.

3 March 2019

3 March 2019

Bouteflika promises an early presidential elections in which he won’t run.

11 March 2019

11 March 2019

Bouteflika announces the postponing of the election, his withdrawal from the candidacy for the fifth term, and calls for a national dialogue to amend the constitution.
The interior minister, Noureddine Bedoui, becomes the prime minister.

23 March 2019

23 March 2019

“Change Forces to Support the People’s Choice” make their first statement.

26 March 2019

26 March 2019

Gaid Salah suggests the implementation of Article 102 of the constitution which calls for the speaker of parliament to carry out the duties of the president for 45 days if he is incapacitated.

30 March 2019

30 March 2019

General Toufik, the former head of the intelligence, in coordination with Said Bouteflika, makes an offer to the former president Liamine Zéroual to head a body managing the transitional period. The news is announced by Zéroual on April 2.

31 March 2019

31 March 2019

The arrest of Ali Haddad, a businessman in the inner circle of Said Bouteflika.

2 April 2019

2 April 2019

Bouteflika resigns.

4 April 2019

4 April 2019

The head of Algeria’s military intelligence, Bachir Tartag, resigns.

5 April 2019

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In the 7th week of protest, protesters demand the resignation of the three Bs: Interim President Bensalah, Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, and Constitutional Council Chairman Tayeb Belaiz.

9 April 2019

9 April 2019

Bensalah officially becomes the interim president. The police forces use water cannons to disperse the protestors.

16 April 2019

16 April 2019

Chairman Tayeb Belaiz resigns.

22 April 2019

22 April 2019

The arrest of businessmen close to Bouteflika: Isaad Rebrab (the richest man in Algeria) and Kouninef brothers.

30 April 2019

30 April 2019

Gaid Salah states that he discovered many corruption cases that would be delivered for the Judiciary to investigate.

4 May 2019

4 May 2019

The arrest of Said Bouteflika, the brother and advisor of President Bouteflika and the former intelligence presidents general Toufik and Bachir Tartag for their plots against the military and the state.

25 May 2019

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The period for receiving presidential candidacy submissions ended with no candidates after 77 candidates withdrew.

26 May 2019

26 May 2019

The National Organization for Mujahideen (ONM) – known to be close to the military – calls for a dialogue that includes representatives of the hirāk, parties, and others to elect a national committee to run the interim period for one year at most. It also called for a constitutional declaration that helps running the interim period with transparency.

28 May 2019

28 May 2019

Gaid Salah calls for a dialogue based on the popular demands to find a solution for the crisis as soon as possible.

2 June 2019

The Constitutional Council affirms that the presidential election can’t take place in July as planned, and declares that it had received only two candidates who were deemed invalid. It did not set a new date for the presidential election, asking Bensalah to organize a vote at a later date.

6 June 2019

6 June 2019

Bensalah seals five presidential decrees ratifying international agreements and memorandums of understanding with China regarding the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Bensalah also calls for a comprehensive dialogue.

10 June 2019

10 June 2019

The arrest of Mahieddine Tahkout, a businessman close to Bouteflika.

12 June 2019

12 June 2019

Ahmed Ouyahia, the former prime minister, arrested.

13 June 2019

13 June 2019

The arrest of the former prime minister, Abdelmalek Sellal.

14 June 2019

14 June 2019

The arrest of Ali Ghediri, the ex-general and presidential candidate known for his relations with General Toufik.

26 June 2019

26 June 2019

Gaid Salah reaffirms the military’s backing of the election and that he has no political aspirations.

2 July 2019

2 July 2019

The resignation of Mouad Bouchareb, the FLN-affiliate and the head of the parliament, after many parliamentarians (including those of the FLN) signed a petition calling for his resignation.

6 July 2019

6 July 2019

“National Forum for Dialogue for Supporting the People’s Choice” (Ain Benian Forum) took place under the coordination of Abdelaziz Rahabi. Among the participants: Tala’i’ al-Hurriyat, HAMS, al-Adalah, Jil jaded, and al-Bina’ with the absence of secularist parties (the Democratic Pole: FFS, RCD, PT)

10 July 2019

10 July 2019

Slimane Chenine, a member of al-Bina’ and the leader of a parliamentary alliance of three small Islamist parties, is elected as speaker of Algerian parliament.

25 July 2019

25 July 2019

The presidency declares a National Dialogue Committee composed of 6 members some of whom were in the regime but opposed Bouteflika. Of those members, Karim Younis, a former minister and speaker of the parliament, is the most important.

1 August 2019

1 August 2019

Younis resigns as the “conditions of de-escalation” (like decreasing the security measures and releasing the political prisoners) were not met by the regime. Gaid Salah refused such conditions as imposition. Younis withdrew his resignation.

17 August 2019

Younis’s Committee establishes a consulting committee of 41 figures (academics, ministers, NGOs, etc.)

11 September 2019

The arrest of Karim Tabout, a politician that advocates an interim period, accused of “deteriorating the military’s morale.”

12 September 2019

12 September 2019

The parliament (almost half of the members boycotted the session) passes an electoral bill to create an independent body to run the election and makes amendments to the electoral law.

15 September 2019

15 September 2019

The Interim president approves the Independent National Authority for Election Organization, with the former Justice Minister as its president. 12 December is specified as the election day.

20 September 2019

20 September 2019

Increasing numbers of protestors in the weekly Friday protests in Algiers, after Gaid Salah’s orders to fine the vehicles with protestors and to employ heavy security measurements.

29 September 2019

29 September 2019

Gaid Salah affirms that the military has no candidate in the elections.
HAMS raises concerns regarding the election and doesn’t run nor support any candidate.

11 November 2019

11 November 2019

The presidential election campaigns officially start with five candidates (RND, al-Bina’, al-Mustakbal, al-Hurriyat, and Tabboun).

10 December 2019

10 December 2019

Heavy sentences for some of the arrested figures of the regime.

12 December 2019

12 December 2019

The presidential elections begins.

13 December 2019

13 December 2019

Tabboun wins the elections.

23 December 2019

23 December 2019

Gaid Salah dies by a heart attack and is preceded by Said Chengriha