23 Candidates Compete for The Algerian Presidential Polls in December

Published October 27th, 2019 - 08:24 GMT
An elderly Algerian protester holds up a sign reading in Arabic "no to French guardianship, to Russian mandate, to US intervention; its excellency, the People, is master" as she marches with others draped in the national flag march during the 36th consecutive Friday anti-government demonstrations in the capital Algiers, on October 25, 2019. (RYAD KRAMDI / AFP)
An elderly Algerian protester holds up a sign reading in Arabic "no to French guardianship, to Russian mandate, to US intervention; its excellency, the People, is master" as she marches with others draped in the national flag march during the 36th consecutive Friday anti-government demonstrations in the capital Algiers, on October 25, 2019. (RYAD KRAMDI / AFP)

Algeria's electoral authority says 23 candidates have qualified for the North African country's controversial presidential vote on December 12.

The election comes eight months after strongman former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in the spring after months of mass protests. Since then, power in Algeria has been concentrated around army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah.

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The candidates include former ministers or political party leaders, such as former Prime Minister Ali Benflis. Many who qualified already participated in previous presidential elections. A former popular television host Slimane Bakhlili also qualified ahead of the deadline, which ended Saturday night.

Activists on social media have called for protesters to reject the vote, fearing that it will not be transparent or fair.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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