Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria
Note: Algeria has seen scattered protests since December 2010. They are aimed at rising food prices, unemployment, human rights violations, and the autocratic rule of President Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA. Several concessions have been made by Bouteflika’s regime, but clashes between police forces and protesters persist, and demonstrations continue to grow in size and scale.
Political Status: Independent republic since July 3, 1962; one-party rule established by military coup July 5, 1965, and confirmed by constitution adopted November 19, 1976; multiparty system adopted through constitutional revision approved by national referendum on February 23, 1989; state of emergency declared for 12 months by military-backed High Council of State on February 9, 1992, and extended indefinitely on February 9, 1993; three-year transitional period ...