Algerian leader pardons six Hirak activists

Algerians in France are expected to hold huge march July 5 to demand unconditional release of all Hirak detainees, civil state.

ALGIERS - Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Wednesday issued his first pardon for members of the protest movement that toppled veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika last year, the presidency said.

Elected last December, Tebboune has already urged protesters to opt for dialogue and promised appeasement measures to ensure stability in the OPEC member and gas-exporting country.

He has also drafted amendments to the constitution to boost freedoms and give Parliament a greater role. A referendum over the amendments is due to be held later this year.

The pardon, which marks the 58th anniversary of Algerian independence, included six activists serving sentences for charges including undermining national unity. Several other members of the protest movement, known as Hirak, have been in detention.

Activists demand the unconditional release of all Hirak detainees.

Thousands of Algerians in France are preparing for “the citizen march” on July 5 to demand the unconditional release of all Hirak detainees and a civil state.