Algerians reject planned election


Algerians are demanding the cancellation of a presidential election planned called for December 12.

Interim leader Abdelkader Bensalah had announced the poll on Monday in a bid to resolve the political crisis which erupted in April following the resignation of longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

But protesters say before any vote takes place, political reforms must be conducted and all Bouteflika loyalists, including powerful army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah, must be removed.

After Mr Bouteflika resigned in the face of mass protests in April, presidential elections were called for July 4. The vote was however postponed due to lack of viable candidates, leaving a political vacuum in the North African country.


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