Mr. Tebboune had served Mr. Bouteflika faithfully for years: as a local civil servant, as a powerful minister and then briefly as prime minister in 2017, before joining Mr. Bouteflika's brother Saïd, who until then had been the real country had been removed from office due to the illness of his older siblings.
But analysts said one reason why Mr. Tebboune was the preferred candidate of the military establishment and General Gaïd Salah was because he apparently broke up with the Bouteflika clan. with whom the general was in bitter conflict at the end of his term.
The demonstrators had long since rejected Mr. Tebboune and the other four candidates for the race as part of the "system". Your epithet for the ruling elite that has ruled the country since independence from France in 1962. The generals, who historians and analysts call the country's true rulers, had insisted on holding Thursday's vote ove the country past the protest movement.
"These were elections ordered by the military command," said Hammoudi. “You needed these elections to give yourself a civilian facade. But what Gaïd Salah thought was a solution actually only deepened the problem for her. "
Mr. Khelil, the right-wing activist, said that the elections" contradicted the will of the people "and should give the existing system a" civilian facade ".
"It doesn't bring anything concrete to what the popular movement wants. He said during the big demonstration in Algiers on Friday." Maybe it solves an internal problem in the "system", but it doesn't solve the demands of the Algerian People. "
Demonstrators on social media said the protest movement would continue as on Friday. Mr. Khelil said that either the new president would work to meet the protesters' demands, starting with the release of dozens detained in the past few months – he thought this was unlikely – or the government would double if it suppressed the movement would be a fundamental mistake. "