Faced with a loss of leverage after elections or jail for opposing it, Algerians feel the country is not ready for elections.
Announcement of polls by interim President Abdelkader Bensalah comes after army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah, seen as Algeria's strongman since the fall of former leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika, insisted that polls be held by the end of 2019.
As protests enter their seventh month, Algerians continue to demonstrate for change, justice and accountability. Whether they will receive it is another question.
Algeria has been rocked by months of protests finds a moment of unity as the country wins the African Cup of Nations for the second time.
The Desert Foxes laid claim to the title in a gripping match after a 29-year dry spell.
The Algerian football team has become the pride of a nation in need of good news following five months of weekly protests prompted by former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika planning to run for a fifth term.
The French president placed himself in the middle of the Libya situation by tacitly backing former military strongman Khalifa Hafta, but that could now be backfiring.
Tunisia and South Africa filled the final two places for the round of 16 after a tense finish to the group stage in Egypt.
Tunisia's first freely elected president, 92-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi, has been taken to a military hospital after falling seriously ill, for the second time in a week.
Demonstrators gather in capital Algiers amid a wave of anti-corruption investigations launched by the army after protests ended the rule of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Protesters in Algeria are calling on interim president Abdelkader Bensalah and his prime minister, Noureddine Bedoui, to step down.
Ahmed Ouyahia appeared in court as part of anti-graft investigations which have also swept up other key ministers who once formed part of the ‘deep state’ that ruled Algeria from independence in 1962.
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