What Happened: Algerian opposition leader Karim Tabbou appeared on Oct. 2 in court, which charged him with inciting large gatherings and undermining Algeria's territorial integrity, Tout sur l'Algerie reported. Authorities ordered Tabbou to remain in custody after the hearing.
Why It Matters: Tabbou's return to custody lays bear the harsher crackdown against the perceived ringleaders of recent protests, which could further intensify in the leadup to Dec. 12 elections and lead the opposition to boycott the polls.
Background: Boycotts, which are a popular tool among Algeria's opposition to voice dissatisfaction with the political status quo, decreased voter turnout in parliamentary elections from 2012 to 2017.
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- Algeria's Army Chief Invokes Constitution to Remove Bouteflika (March 26, 2019)