Elections Canned, Again

Algeria on 2 June canceled a second election in three months. The constitutional court rejected the candidacy of both little-known candidates for the 4 July presidential poll, throwing the country’s future into more uncertainty. It then tasked interim president Abdelkader Bensalah with organizing elections.

A 90-day elections deadline following the ouster of longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika ( MEES, 5 April ) always looked unrealistic. Protesters have taken to the streets for 16 straight weeks since 16 February, rejecting the constitutional process they say allows the shady ruling elite to retain power.

They want the interim government gone, the interim president out and a transitional government ensuring a complete overhaul of the system. Now that the constitutional path has been abandoned, they might have an opportunity to do just that. Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah on Thursday called for “inclusive dialogue” to set a new election date “as soon as possible”. (CONTINUED - 208 WORDS)