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Will Algeria hold Presidential Election in 2019?

Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been ruling Algeria since 1999, when the country was still in the throes of a civil war that only ended in 2002. This first election was quite controversial, but adhered to nevertheless.

The 2004 election were a vast improvement, reflecting the Algerian people's desire to see Bouteflika's rule continued. In 2008 a constitutional amendment allowed Bouteflika to run for and win a third term, under protest and boycott from opposition parties.

Bouteflika suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013, but that didn't stop him from running for a 4th term in 2014. During that campaign and after his win, with far smaller participation numbers anbd under boycott from opposition parties, he was seen less and less in public.

He announced his candidacy for the 2019 election via press release, which resulted in protest, internet censorship, the retraction of his candidacy and an unspecified postponement of the election.

Now the protesters seek Bouteflika to be deemed unfit, which would result in the President of the Senate and incidentally friend of Bouteflika, Abdelkader Bensalah, becoming Acting President for the 90 days until elections would be held.

Interestingly enough, these demands are supported by Army Chief of Staff Ahmed Gaid Salah, himself a powerful man in the state.

Will Algeria hold Presidential Elections in 2019?

Resolves positive when such elections are held before 2020.


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