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Algeria: Interim President Announces Elections for Dec. 12

1 MIN READSep 17, 2019 | 17:34 GMT

What Happened: Algerian interim President Abdelkader Bensalah has announced presidential elections for Dec. 12, France24 reported Sept. 15.

Why It Matters: The Algerian military leadership has insisted on holding new presidential elections before the end of the year and Bensalah's announcement highlights the strong influence by the country's military over the interim government. However, Algeria's opposition is rejecting a brief timeline for new elections due to fears that the transitional period would be too short to establish a proper dialogue between the government and the opposition.

Background: The Algerian military — after emerging as the strongest political actor overseeing the country's transitional period — is attempting to ensure a smooth path toward new elections that appeases the opposition, while also preserving the political dominance of the ruling party and military.

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