On Monday, the Algerian state prosecutor requested a 20-year prison sentence against Said Bouteflika, the brother of the former Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Former intelligence officials and Louisa Hanoune, head of the left-wing Worker’ Party, were also charged with “violating the authority of the army and the conspiracy against the state’s authority,” according to lawyers.
Algeria’s powerful army chief, Ahmed Gaid Salah, has died. The Algerian government radio announced that he died Monday morning in an Algiers military hospital after a heart attack. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced a three-day mourning period. The President announced that the head of land forces, General Said Chengriha, would take over as acting Chief of staff of the armed forces.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Algeria’s capital, Algiers, after the former Prime Minister, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, was declared the winner of the controversial presidential elections. Tebboune who is said to be a loyalist to the former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, won with 58.15 percent of the votes, according to preliminary results. While announcing the results on Friday, the head of Algeria’s electoral commission, Mohammed Charfi, said that 40 percent of voters took part in the elections.
The streets of the main Algerian cities were full to the brim on Friday, with tens of thousands of citizens protesting against military power, and demanding genuine democratic elections. According to several observers, Friday’s march, which was the last march before the contentious presidential elections scheduled for next Thursday, was the biggest of all the demonstrations that have been happening every Friday for the previous ten months.
Algеrіа’ѕ fіvе рrеѕіdеntіаl саndіdаtеѕ signed the “Code оf Ethics fоr thе Elесtіоn Cаmраіgn” in the саріtаl on the ѕtаrt оf thе еlесtіоn campaign оn Sаturdау. Ezzedine Mihoubi, acting ѕесrеtаrу-gеnеrаl оf the National Democratic Rаllу (NDA), іѕ соmреtіng with Abdеlkаdеr Bеnkrеіnа, hеаd of thе Nаtіоnаl Building Mоvеmеnt Pаrtу, fоrmеr prime mіnіѕtеr Abdеlmаjіd Taboun, Ali Benflis, hеаd оf the Vanguards оf Lіbеrtіеѕ Pаrtу, аnd Abdelaziz Bеlаіd, hеаd оf thе Futurе Front.
Thоuѕаndѕ оf dеmоnѕtrаtоrѕ tооk tо thе ѕtrееtѕ оf Algеrіа оn thе 65th аnnіvеrѕаrу оf thе wаr оf іndереndеnсе frоm Frаnсе. The рrоtеѕtеrѕ dеmаndеd a “nеw rеvоlutіоn,” dесlаrіng their орроѕіtіоn tо thе еlесtіоnѕ рrороѕеd bу thе gоvеrnmеnt nеxt mоnth. Friday’s dеmоnѕtrаtіоnѕ іn Algіеrѕ wеrе аmоng thе lаrgеѕt since a wаvе оf рrоtеѕtѕ began іn Fеbruаrу.
Algeria’s interim president, Abdelkader Bensalah, announced Sunday night in a televised speech that presidential elections will be held on December 12. “It’s time for everybody to put the higher interests of the nation above any other considerations,” the interim leader was quoted saying so by Algeria’s official APS news agency.
- In European elections, liberal Zuzana Caputova defeated Socialist Maros Sefcovic in the second round, to become SLOVAKIA’s first woman President. The election took place in the shadow of the murder of an investigative journalist last year. Meanwhile, in UKRAINE, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko trails Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian who portrays Poroshenko on television.
- Things have, for the most part, returned to normal, after a tumultuous week between nuclear-armed rivals, India and Pakistan. An Indian pilot was returned from Pakistan Friday, after being shot down over the disputed region of Kashmir on Wednesday. Now Washington wants to know if an F-16 was used in the dogfight.