The Algerian Constitutional Council has officially retained the files of five candidates in the presidential election on December 12, including two former prime ministers of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, said Saturday its president.
The cases of Ali Benflis and Abdelmadjid Tebboune, two former Prime Ministers of Bouteflika, have been retained by the Council, said its president, Kamel Feniche, on national television.
Similarly, those of Azzedine Mihoubi, a former minister of Mr. Bouteflika, Abdelkader Bengrina, a former minister from a party that supported Bouteflika, and Abdelaziz Belaïd, who was part of youth organizations that supported the former head of state, he added.
A total of 23 candidates submitted their applications to participate in the vote.
Bouteflika was forced to resign in April under the joint pressure of the streets and the army, but the Independent National Electoral Authority (ANIE) detained only five of them on 3 November. Anie then transmitted its list of candidates to the Constitutional Council to make it official, after possible appeals.
According to Mr. Feniche, the Council dismissed the appeals filed by nine candidates.
Launched in February, the protest movement refuses that the presidential election be organized by the power, always in the hands of ex-figures of the 20 years of Bouteflika’s presidency.
On Friday, protesters rejected the presidential candidates, perceived as « clones » of Mr. Bouteflika.
Since Mr. Bouteflika’s resignation, Abdelkader Bensalah has taken over the presidency, but it is the army chief of staff, General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, who appears in the open as the strongman of the army. country.
The power had to cancel, for want of candidates, a first poll scheduled on July 4th.