Algeria election may be postponed as protests continue – report

Demonstrators gesture and chant slogans during an anti-government protest in Algiers, Algeria, May 17, 2019. © Reuters / Ramzi Boudina / Free

Algeria’s imminent presidential election looks likely to be postponed, Reuters reported, citing a source. Protesters returned to the streets for the 13th successive Friday.

After two decades in power, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit last month, but demonstrations have continued seeking political reforms and the removal of all officials belonging to the old guard.

A presidential election is scheduled for July 4. However, a source familiar with the matter said the vote was to be delayed due to difficulties of organizing the logistics in time and opposition on the street.

Hundreds of protesters on Friday called for the resignations of the interim president, Abdelkader Bensalah, and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, appointed by Bouteflika days before he stepped down.

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