What Happened: Algeria's constitutional court has declared that it is "impossible" to hold presidential elections scheduled for July 4 after it rejected the candidacies of the only two competitors for the post, Algeria Press Service reported June 2.
Why It Matters: The announcement will likely please demonstrators, who have criticized the country's authorities for rushing to conduct presidential elections instead of following through on a promise to institute a period of dialogue to draft a new constitution. Demonstrators have also called for the interim government leadership to step down in order for them to acknowledge any new elections, though the government has yet to budge on this demand.
Background: Although widespread protests helped unseat longtime President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika from power at the beginning of April, Algerians have continued to rally to demand sweeping reforms. The court, meanwhile, has asked Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah to set a new date for the elections.
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