Persecution Persists in Algeria Despite New Leadership

The Hirak movement led to Bouteflika’s ouster in 2019, and hasn’t lost any steam. (Photo courtesy of Amine Rock Hoovr/Unsplash)

UPDATE: Newly appointed Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane is infected with COVID-19, Reuters reports. The prime minister will quarantine for seven days but continue performing his duties virtually.

There may be a new Prime Minister at the helm in Algeria, but persecution isn’t likely to let up. See our full Algeria coverage here.

“The problems Christians face are largely coming from the Ministry of Interior, who looks at the Christian community — especially the Protestant community — and sees them as a political threat. That is why they are clamping down on them,” Daniel Hoffman, Executive Director of Middle East Concern, explains.

“As long as that doesn’t change, the situation for Christians is probably not going to improve.”

When Algeria’s former Prime Minister, Abdelaziz Djerad, resigned in late June, Finance Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane stepped forward to take his place. The president has tasked Benabderrahmane with forming a new government.

It’s only the third vote in Africa’s biggest nation since long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April 2019. The same protest movement that called for his ouster continues today.

“Some figureheads have changed, but overall, policies towards Christians, [as well as] the wider political direction of the country, will not be affected,” Hoffman says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Thank God for continuing to draw Algerians into a saving relationship with Christ despite widespread opposition.
  • Pray the Church in Algeria will remain encouraged, and find strength in Christ alone.
  • Pray accused and imprisoned believers will be acquitted of the charges they face and released.
  • Pray international advocacy efforts will be successful in encouraging Algerian authorities to extend religious freedom to the Protestant Christian community.

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