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Algerian army says to remain neutral in parliamentary election

More than half of Algeria’s 43 million population eligible to vote in June 12 polls

Abdurazzak Abdullah   | 09.06.2021
Algerian army says to remain neutral in parliamentary election People walk past the banners of candidates hung on the walls of streets and vehicles ahead of the early general elections scheduled for June 12, in the capital Algiers, Algeria on June 08, 2021. ( Mousaab Rouibi - Anadolu Agency )

ALGIERS, Algeria

The Algerian military said Wednesday it will remain neutral in the June 12 parliamentary election.

“The army refuses to be dragged into the political game in the county,” reads an editorial in the June edition of the Army Magazine.

"We say once again that the People's National Army is a republican army and will remain so in an irreversible manner [...] an army that assumes its constitutional duties as required by the laws of the republic," it said.

“The army refuses to be dragged into the game played by those who have lost their way,” the editorial added.

About 24 million voters, more than half of Algeria’s 43 million population, are eligible to vote in the June 12 polls.

A total of 1,483 candidates are vying in the race, including 646 from 28 political parties and 837 independents, to win seats in the 407-member parliament.

In March, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune issued a decree calling early parliamentary election on June 12, less than a month after dissolving the People's National Assembly, the lower house of parliament.

*Bassel Barakat contributed to this report from Ankara

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