Algerian president-elect Abdelmadjid Tebboune, winner in the first round of the presidential election on December 12, will take office on Thursday for a five-year term by taking an oath at a public ceremony in Algiers, we learned on Tuesday to the presidency.
Tebboune, 74, won 58.13 percent of the vote in the first round, according to the final results announced on Monday in a highly contested presidential election.
The Constitution provides that « the President of the Republic takes an oath before the People and in the presence of all the high authorities of the Nation, in the week following his election ». « He takes office immediately after taking the oath », continues the text.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune will succeed Abdelaziz Bouteflika, forced to resign in April, after 20 years at the head of the state, by a movement (“Hirak”) of massive popular protest against the regime. Abdelkader Bensalah, president of the upper house, has held office since, in accordance with the Constitution, but well beyond the three-month deadline provided for in the text.
This “Hirak”, who has been agitating Algeria since February 22, rejected the organization of any ballot by the “system” in power since the independence of the country in 1962, which he called for the dismantling and replacement by institutions of transition.
The turnout stands at 39.88%, the lowest rate for pluralist presidential elections in Algeria. The figure is also strongly disputed by Hirak and opposition parties who consider it inflated.
The day after his election, Mr. Tebboune “reached out to Hirak” and offered him a “dialogue in order to build a new Algeria”, to end the political crisis in Algeria.
But as early as Friday, and again Tuesday, a large crowd conspired the newly elected head of state, reaffirming that the « Hirak » would continue.