Next Algerian presidential election

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The next presidential election in Algeria was originally scheduled to take place on 18 April 2019.[1] President Abdelaziz Bouteflika postponed the election on 11 March 2019 in response to protests against his candidacy for a fifth term. A new date has not been set.

Electoral system[edit]

The President of Algeria is elected using the two-round system; if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the first round, a second round will be held.[2]

Candidates[edit]

On 3 March 2019, a day after his 82nd birthday and while undergoing medical tests in Switzerland, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika formally submitted his candidacy, but said in a statement read on state TV that he would not serve a full term if re-elected. Instead, he promised to organise a national conference and set a date for an early election which he would not participate in. The announcement followed weeks of protests against his plan to seek a fifth term in office.[3] A week later, on 11 March 2019, Bouteflika withdrew from the race and postponed the election.[4]

On 1 November 2018, journalist Ghani Mahdi [ar] announced that he would be a candidate in the election.[5]

Protests and internet censorship[edit]

On 22 February 2019, protests took place in Algiers, Oran, Sétif, Annaba and other Algerian cities over Bouteflika's bid to continue for a fifth term.[6][7] Algerians reported difficulty accessing online services and the NetBlocks internet observatory published technical evidence of multiple targeted internet disruptions at demonstration flashpoints in Tizi Ouzou and around Algiers.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Algerians to elect new parliament amid apathy, president's absence Reuters, 1 May 2017
  2. ^ People's Democratic Republic of Algeria: Election for President IFES
  3. ^ "In face of protests, Algeria leader vows to quit early if re-elected". AFP. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Algeria president drops bid for fifth term". BBC. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  5. ^ "HOME PAGE,البرنامج-الرئأسي". ghani mahdi (in Arabic).
  6. ^ "Algeria rocked by mass protest against Bouteflika re-election bid". Middle East Eye. 22 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Algerian police use tear gas as rare anti-government protests enter third day". Reuters. 24 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Multiple targeted internet disruptions in Algeria amid mass-demonstrations". NetBlocks. 22 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  9. ^ Farid Y. Farid (11 March 2019). "Algerians have been out in force against their president's bid for a fifth term". Quartz Africa. Retrieved 11 March 2019.