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Algerian Election Canceled

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Political uncertainty will continue in Algeria as its planned July 4 election has been canceled. The country’s constitutional council cited a lack of candidates.

Given the current political and civilian climate in Algeria at this time, the prolonging of the political transition could incite more anger from protesters.

The move will likely extend the rule of interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, who was due to stay on only until the vote to elect a new president, following the resignation of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after weeks of protests.

In a statement on state television, the constitutional council overseeing the country’s transition said two candidates had come forward but were deemed invalid.

The two candidates had not met the quorum of 60,000 signatures in support, a political source told Reuters