Algeria Gets New President After Protest
Abdelkader Bensalah (image courtesy Reuters)

Algeria’s interim presidency on Wednesday announced July 4 as date for the conduct of the north African country’s presidential election.

This announcement was made on the back of weeks of mass protests leading to the resignation of long-serving leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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Concise News understands that no further details, with regard to the election, were immediately given.

After his announcement as interim president on Tuesday, Abdelkader Bensalah had said he would organise free elections within 90 days.

Before the election date was announced on Wednesday, Algeria’s army chief, Lt.-Gen. Gaid Salah, said he expected to see members of the ruling elite in the country prosecuted for corruption and that he would support a transition toward elections.

His comments were the strongest hint yet that the military would play its traditional role as kingmaker after the ailing 82-year-old Bouteflika bowed to popular pressure and quit on April 2 after 20 years in power.

“The army will meet the people’s demands,” said Salah, addressing officers and soldiers at a military base. “The judiciary has recovered its prerogative and can work freely.”