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Algeria Cancels July Presidential Elections

ALGIERS It would be impossible to hold presidential elections in Algeria slated for July 4, the constitutional council said in a statement on Sunday.

The statement added that President Abdelkader Bensalah would have to issue a new date for the polls.

Bensalah was appointed interim president until July 9 after months of protests to oust President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who ended a 20-year rule with his resignation on April 2.

In a statement on state-run television, the council said that it had only received applications from two possible candidates who were subsequently disregarded as invalid.

The move followed a massive demonstration on Friday across the country where protesters continued to demand a true transition and the resignations of Bensalah and the prime minister.

The protests marked the 15th consecutive Friday of civil unrest in Algeria.

The July elections were backed by Army Chief, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, who is widely seen as the most powerful man in the country.

The delay could leave the North African state in political and legal limbo.

 

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