Next Algerian presidential election

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Poster announcing the presidential election before it was postponed

Presidential elections are expected to be held in Algeria some time in the future.[1] They were originally scheduled to take place on 18 April 2019,[2] but President Abdelaziz Bouteflika postponed the election in response to protests against his candidacy for a fifth term. Bouteflika resigned on 2 April and Abdelkader Bensalah took office as acting president the following week. On 10 April it was announced that the elections had been re-scheduled for 4 July.[3] On 2 June, the Constitutional Council postponed the elections for a third time, citing a lack of candidates. A new date has not been set.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] A week later, on 11 March 2019, Bouteflika withdrew from the race and postponed the election.[7]

On 1 November 2018, journalist Ghani Mahdi [ar] announced that he would be a candidate in the election.[8]

On 4 April 2019, Ali Ghediri, a former Director of Human Resources at the Ministry of Defense, announced his candidacy.[9]

Bensalah is not eligible to participate in the presidential election.[10][11]

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.[12][13] 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.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Algeria's constitutional council cancels presidential election". Al Jazeera. 2 June 2019.
  2. ^ Algerians to elect new parliament amid apathy, president's absence Reuters, 1 May 2017
  3. ^ "Algeria to hold elections on July 4: presidency". Al Jazeera. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Algeria elections planned for 4 July 'impossible', authorities say". BBC News. 2 June 2019.
  5. ^ People's Democratic Republic of Algeria: Election for President IFES
  6. ^ "In face of protests, Algeria leader vows to quit early if re-elected". AFP. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Algeria president drops bid for fifth term". BBC. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  8. ^ "HOME PAGE,البرنامج-الرئأسي". ghani mahdi (in Arabic).
  9. ^ "Ali Ghediri premier candidat déclaré à la prochaine présidentielle". Algérie Patriotique. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Algerian Constitutional Council declares presidency vacant". TASS. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Abdelkader Bensalah, un fidèle de Bouteflika qui va assurer l'intérim en Algérie". Le Monde (in French). 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Algeria rocked by mass protest against Bouteflika re-election bid". Middle East Eye. 22 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Algerian police use tear gas as rare anti-government protests enter third day". Reuters. 24 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Multiple targeted internet disruptions in Algeria amid mass-demonstrations". NetBlocks. 22 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  15. ^ 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.