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Jun 6, 2019 | 23:32 GMT

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Algeria: Acting Head of State Calls for Dialogue, Asserts Position in TV Address

What Happened: Acting Algerian head of state Abdelkader Bensalah gave a televised address June 6 calling on members of the political class and civil society to join in a consultative dialogue over how to plan the next presidential elections, Ennahar reported. Bensalah also affirmed that he is acting head of state until a president can be popularly elected.

Why It Matters: Bensalah's speech is part of Algiers' effort to maintain the interim government's legitimacy amid a protest movement that has impacted the government's ability to set the date for new elections. A genuine openness to more comprehensive dialogue with civil society would be notable.

Context: Bensalah's speech comes the evening before regularly scheduled Friday demonstrations, which have brought together civil society groups pushing for political change.

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