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ALGERIA’S JULY 4TH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CANCELLED

Algeria’s Constitutional Council cancels the Presidential Elections.

Earlier on, the Algerian constitutional council had declared the Presidential post vacant paving way for new elections on July 4th, however, it is now saying that it will be impossible for it to hold elections to choose a successor to ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika early next month as planned after the only two candidates were rejected.

The Sunday statement by the council specified that it rejected “the candidates’’ applications and subsequently declared “the impossibility of holding presidential elections on July 4”.

According to the state television, it however, did not set a new date for the presidential election, therefore requesting the unpopular, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah to organize a vote at a later date, state television said.

The move is likely to prolong the rule of the interim president, who was meant to stay only until the vote to elect a new president after Bouteflika ended his 20-year rule in the wake of mass protests.

Bensalah, the former upper house speaker, had been appointed as interim leader until July 9. Demonstrations have since continued, with protesters demanding Bensalah’s resignation and an end to the dominance of the elite who have ruled Algeria since it won independence from France in 1962.

In view of the protestors, since the current government, Bensalah and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui are still in power, there is no way that Algerians will go to vote for a new president.

On Friday, hundreds of thousands again took to the streets of Algiers and other cities to call for Bensalah’s removal and that of Prime Minister Bedoui, who was appointed by Bouteflika days before he stepped down.

The July vote had been backed by Algeria’s army chief, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, who has been managing the transition. Salah, who earlier supported Bouteflika, has called for the impeachment of the long-time leader.

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