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  • Algerian upper house chairman Abdelkader Bensalah being appointed as interim president following the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers, Algeria April 9, 2019.

    Algerian upper house chairman Abdelkader Bensalah being appointed as interim president following the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers, Algeria April 9, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 6 June 2019
Opinion

Bensalah, in a speech broadcast on state television, did not set a date for new elections.

Algeria's interim President Abdelkader Bensalah called Thursday for all parties to launch an "inclusive dialogue" to prepare for presidential elections, following the constitutional council's scrapping of a vote set for July 4.

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Armed forces chief, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaed Salah, who has been managing the transition, has called on political parties and protesters to meet among themselves to discuss a way out of the crisis.

The constitutional council Sunday called off the presidential election planned for July 4 citing a lack of candidates, prolonging a period of political transition under pressure from social protests.

Demonstrators are expected to return to the streets Friday to demand Bensalah's resignation and an end to the dominance of an elite that has ruled Algeria since it won independence from French colonial rule in 1962.

Former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika ended his 20-year-long rule two months ago under pressure from protesters. But protests have continued with citiizens demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, who was appointed by Bouteflika days before he stepped down.

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