Algerian Army Chief-of-Staff Ahmed Gaid Saleh on Monday called for the swift formation of an “independent” electoral commission in advance of July 4 presidential elections.
Speaking on state television, Saleh said the upcoming poll would serve to “prevent a constitutional vacuum and constrain those who seek to prolong the crisis”.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 82, stepped down early last month following several weeks of popular demonstrations against his 20-year rule.
Abdelkader Bensalah, a former speaker of parliament, is currently serving as interim president for a 90-day transitional period overseen by the army.
Demonstrators, however, have remained on the streets to demand the departure of all officials associated with the Bouteflika regime, including Bensalah.
According to the Interior Ministry, more than 80 people have so far expressed interest in contesting the upcoming election.
* Writing by Mahmoud BarakatAnadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.