The culture minister of Algeria resigned over the weekend after a stampede at a packed concert by prominent French-based rapper Soolking killed five people.
On Saturday, Culture Minister Meriem Merdaci handed her resignation to the country’s Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reported.
Most Algerians still speak the language of their former colonial master France.
On Friday, Algerian Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui reportedly fired the head of the government body in charge of organizing concerts, Sami Benchik el Hocine. The interim president also sacked Algeria’s police chief, Abdelkader Kara Bouhadba, on Saturday.
Culture Minister Merdaci quit his post in the wake of public outrage over the stampede in the Algerian capital of Algiers on Thursday. The victims were between the ages of 13 and 22.
Thousands had gathered at a stadium to see Abderraouf Derradji, better known as Soolking, perform when a stampede broke out at one of the entrances.
French-based Soolking, 29, is a huge star in the North African state.
His song La Liberte, or Freedom, is often heard at protests that have been taking place in Algeria every Friday to demand political reforms following the forced resignation of long-serving ruler Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April.
Algerian authorities have opened an investigation into the deadly incident, citing security lapses.
Linda Chebbah, a journalist who attended the concert, told BBC she noticed something was wrong from that the start of the event.
“There were way too many people for this stadium. On the pitch, people were jostling for space. There were so many people at the concert, that I’m not surprised an accident happened,” she said.
Algeria has been engulfed in protests since February. Thousands of Algerians have taken to the streets.