Constitutional council cancels Algerian July 4 presidential elections

Algerian presidential elections scheduled for July 4 will not be held as body that oversees said it is not possible as planned and the president is to name a new date.

The country has faced months of anti-government protests while demonstrators are pushing for a greater change in the ruling elite.

Long-term President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned earlier this year in April and Abdelkader Bensalah replaced him.

Many believe the interim president is close to the former president.

The constitutional council read a statement on state television canceling the July 4 presidential election due to lack of candidates. As of now only two candidates gave registered to field and protesters have demanded cancelation fearing the situation will just prolong the current administration.

Qatar University professor Mohamed Kirat said, “Algerians have protested for 15 weeks, we are heading towards a sixteenth week of protests so the issue here is Bensalah has to listen to the protesters.”

Long-term President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned earlier this year in April and Abdelkader Bensalah replaced him.

He added Algeria will not go into elections unless the people in current government quit the power.

Algeria won independence in 1962 from France. The July 4 elections were backed by the army chief, General Ahmed Gaid Salah and those who are managing the transition.

Paul Linus

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