Algeria’s Presidential Election At A Glance
11 December 2019 African News
Report says, Algeria is set to hold a presidential election on December 12 despite ongoing popular protests demanding the vote be cancelled
According to the report, authorities in the North African country, a leading oil and gas producer, have previously abandoned planned polls twice this year – once in April and again in July.
Demonstrators, who initially took to the streets in February to rally against longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to seek re-election, have continued to take to the streets to demand a complete overhaul of the political system.
However, Algeria’s army, the main player in the country’s politics, has been adamant on the election, insisting that people’s core demands have already been met.
The country’s electoral commission said an estimated 24.5 million people are eligible to take part in the vote, which will see five candidates compete for the presidency.