Citizens are using unorthodox ways to ensure their voices are being heard.
As Algerians go to the polls today, a majority are not voting. Algerians have been protesting for 42 weeks, demanding a change in government. For now, many Algerians stand against the current government, which they consider corrupt and still an extension of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
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Ailing 82-year-old Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika handed in his resignation on live TV in one of his few public sightings in the last six years. Since he had a stroke in 2013, the leader, who was initially seen as a saviour, became an absentee president whose four terms in office were mired in corruption and allegations of vote-rigging.
Demonstrations against the current regime have opened up a space for debate and self-expression in Algeria, recalling the crucial need for a free and involved civil society.
Khadija Ben Hamou beat 16 contestants to become only the second black Miss Algeria in history. Although she is set to represent this North African country at Miss World 2019, her victory has been mired in racial abuse.
Unlike elsewhere on the continent where heavy metal and hard rock music are beginning to sprout, large parts of North Africa have enjoyed the styling of distorted guitars and pounding drums for decades. Even though Algeria has seen its share of political and social upheaval, and a well publicised civil war over the years, this has not deterred many from picking up electric guitars and lending their voices to the heavy metal world.