Algeria Forms New Government but Retains Old Figures, Algerian Christians Remain Strong Despite Church Closures

The header photo shows protests in Algeria in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Fethi Hamlati, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons)

The North African country of Algeria has formed a new government. However, many of the same people from the old government still hold positions of power.

Algeria continues to suffer an economic crisis, with high rates of unemployment and poverty. Mass protests in 2019 forced the previous president to step down.

But George Makeen of SAT-7 says Algerians want more. “They want more freedom and more democracy: real change. And they see that didn’t happen yet. This is why, every now and then, there are lots of demonstrations. People are still in the street. The movement is still very powerful. And (Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune) although he says, ‘I’m totally for democracy,’ he used the COVID-19 situation in a way to control people.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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  • Pray the love of Algerian Christians would point a new way forward for the North African country.