Algeria’s culture minister has resigned, following the deaths of five young music fans in a stampede at a packed concert by a popular rapper.
Meriem Merdaci’s resignation follows public outrage over Thursday’s stampede in the capital, Algiers.
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.
Many Algerians have blamed poor security for the stampede, which also left more than 20 people injured.
French-based Soolking is a huge star in the North African state.
The 29-year old’s song La Liberte, or Freedom, is often heard at protests that have been taking place to demand political reforms – following the forced resignation of long-serving ruler Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April.
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