Algeria’s culture minister resigns after deadly concert stampede

A man walks past the main gate of the stadium of the rap concert where thousands had gathered to see local rap star Abderraouf Derradji, known as 'Soolking' in Algiers, Algeria August 23, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 24 August 2019

Algeria’s culture minister resigns after deadly concert stampede

  • On Friday, Algeria’s PM fired the head of ONDA, the public authority in charge of organizing concerts
  • Thursday night’s stampede killed five people aged between 13 and 22

ALGIERS: Algeria’s Culture Minister Meriem Merdaci resigned Saturday, following the deaths of five young music fans in a stampede at a packed concert by rapper Soolking in the capital, the president’s office announced.
It said Merdaci handed her resignation to interim president Abdelkader Bensalah “who accepted it.”
On Friday, prime minister Noureddine Bedoui fired the head of ONDA (the National Office of Copyright and Neighbouring Rights), the public authority in charge of organizing concerts. An investigation has been opened.
Thursday night’s stampede that killed five people aged between 13 and 22 came as fans thronged an entrance of the August-20 Stadium in Algiers where France-based Soolking was performing.
The 29-year-old is a major star in the North African country, his song “La Liberte” (Freedom) becoming a mainstay of anti-government protests that entered their seventh month on Friday.


Suicide attack kills seven, injures 16 in central Baghdad market

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Suicide attack kills seven, injures 16 in central Baghdad market

  • Police sources said death toll from the attack inside a crowded market in Baghdad’s Tayaran square could rise

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Police sources said death toll from the attack inside a crowded market in Baghdad’s Tayaran square could rise as some wounded were in a critical condition.