Algeria to hold presidential election in December

  • Monday 16, September 2019 01:12 PM
  • Algeria to hold presidential election in December
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Algeria will hold a presidential election on Dec. 12, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah said in a televised speech on Sunday, despite demands by protesters to postpone a vote until more of the ruling elite quit office.
"Elections are the only democratic solution to the crisis," Bensalah said.

The authorities had cancelled an election previously planned for July 4, citing a lack of candidates, amid mass protests demanding the departure of the rest of the old guard including Bensalah and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui.

But army chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah has repeatedly called for an election as soon as possible, despite the opposition and protesters rejecting a vote.

Earlier on Sunday authorities named an independent election authority to organise the vote to replace the interior ministry, which has been in charge of elections over the past years.

The authorities had sought to calm demonstrators by starting the prosecution of Bouteflika's allies for suspected involvement in corruption cases.

Two former prime ministers, two former intelligence chiefs, eight ministers and several prominent businessmen have been put in custody after being questioned by judges as part of anti-graft investigations.