2019 has been a complex year of transition for Algeria: street protests lasting over eight months led to the resignation of long-governing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and the interim government appointed to lead the country to new elections is facing similar opposition from the public. Protesters lament the persistence of a “caste” system in the Algerian political landscape. The country has also suffered in recent years because of falling oil prices – consider that 60%(1) of Algeria’s income is derived from the sale of fossil fuels – and the average unemployment rate is 26.4%(2). Austerity measures and cuts to public subsidies in recent years have only worsened the situation. These circumstances had already led to a series of strikes and public protests at the end o...