Reports say Algerian police used water cannons on Tuesday in order to disperse a crowd of protesters who were against the appointment of a new interim president, Abdelkader Bensalah.

Mr Bensalah, the speaker of the Algeria’s parliament’s upper house, was announced to succeed long-term President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned last week.

As soon as the appointment of Mr Bensalah was announced, protesters took to the streets of Algiers, the capital city, demanding he should not be appointed interim president.

The people of Algeria say the 77-year old is very close to the ailing former president who has been in power for 20 years.

Peaceful demonstrations have been taking place for weeks, but many protesters are demanding for a more radical, which is the change of the whole Algerian government.

Since the beginning of the protests in February, demonstrators have not only been focused on Bouteflika, but have been calling for the end of the entire governing system, with placards and online posts written ‘Le Pouvoir’ meaning that all of those around the former president should leave with him.

Algerians accused Mr Bouteflika of being used as a front for a group of businessmen, politicians and military officials, who are said to really run the country.

Mr Bensalah, however, has pledged to organise free and fair elections within 90 days.

“We – citizens, the political class and state institutions – must work to ensure the conditions, all conditions, are right for a transparent and regular president poll,” Bensalah said.

Protests have been held peacefully and security forces have not used heavy handed tactics to break them up.