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Algeria highlights respect for voting time as top guarantee for democracy

22.01.2019
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Algeria is en route to instilling democratic principles in the country. The country’s higher independent commission for surveillance of elections on Sunday said that respect for the voting time is a top guarantee for democracy. This development follows the announcement of the April 2019 presidential elections by incumbent president Abdul-Aziz Bouteflika.

Chief of the commission Abdulwahab Dirbal noted that the call for the electorate to cast their votes in the presidential election clearly indicated that Algeria pursues one of the most important international criteria for good governance.

Potential candidates for the upcoming historic elections that may end ailing Bouteflika’s reign have started declaring their intentions to run for the presidency. A former personnel director in defense ministry Ali Ghediri, has revealed that he would run for president in the election slated for April 18.

The 64 year-old politician is the first to announce his candidacy against 81-year-old serving President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Bouteflika has been at the helm of the country’s presidency since 1999.

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