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News, March 2019
Algerians Still Demand Departure of the Ailing President, Not Just Cancelling his Fifth Candidacy
March 12, 2019
Algerians Joyful for Stopping the Presidential Election but Still Demanding Departure of the Ailing President
As soon as Algerian President, Abdul Aziz Boutafliqa, announced his acceptance of the people's demands, of not seeking for a fifth reelection term, Algerians went out to the street to express their joy that their protests forced him to do so. However, some of them did not accept his continuation in office to supervise the preparations for the next presidential election, as mentioned in the following news story, published by Dzayer.info (Arabic), on March 12, 2019:
مسيرات رافضة لقرارات الرئيس
الجزائرية للأخبارMarch 12, 2019 ، العربي .سفيان
كان ألاف الطلبة ، تلاميذ الثانويات ، مواطنين من مختلف الأعمار في موعد لرفض قرارات الرئيس الاخيرة بتمديد العهدة الرابعة وتاجيل الإنتخابات، حيث تشهد ساحة البريد ، وساحة اودان تجمعات للمئات من المواطنين رافضين شعارات مختلفة منددين بقرارات الصاردة من الرئاسة من جهة و فرحة إستقالة أويحي من جهة اخرى ، و رددوا شعارات على مثل ” بركات بركات كرهنا من حكم العصابات” , “طلبة صامدون للتمديد رافضون” و غيرها من الشعارات المناهضة لتمديد العهدة الرابعة و تاجيل الانتخابات ، في حين تشهد كل الطرقات شلل كلي نتيجة المسيرات حيث توقفت حركة المرور و سير السيارات ، وسط رفض انسحاب المتظاهرين
Deputy PM Lamamra: There will be free elections guaranteed by independent Electoral Commission
DZ Breaking, By Hana Saada - March 12, 2019
“In Algeria, there will be free elections guaranteed by an independent Electoral Commission”. This is the commitment of the new Deputy Prime Minister of the country, Ramtane Lamara.
New Deputy Prime Minister Ramtane Lamamra has booked his first media appearance as Deputy Prime Minister at a foreign media outlet (RFI).
A few hours after the declaration of President Bouteflika not to stand as a candidate for a 5th term, former Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamara and new Deputy Prime Minister has chosen RFI to announce the milestones of the transition which, according to him, will make Algeria “A democracy equal to the great democracies of the world”.
Algeria’s Presidential Elections to be postponed, President Bouteflika
DZ Breaking, By Hana Saada - March 12, 2019
President of the Algerian Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika sent Monday a message to the nation in which he announced the postponement of the Presidential Elections of 18 April 2019, and his decision to renounce his bid to seek a 5th term as president.
President Bouteflika also announced the holding of the Presidential Election a an extension of the National Inclusive and Independent Conference as well as the formation of a government of the national competences.
Here is the full text of the message:
Algeria is living through a sensitive stage of its History. On March 8, for the third consecutive Friday, major popular marches took place across the country. I have followed these developments, and as I already announced on March 3rd, I do understand the motivations of the numerous compatriots who choose this way of expression of which I once again hail the peaceful nature.
I particularly understand the message given by youth, in terms of anxiety and ambition for their own future and that of the country. I also understand the gap which may have been the source of concern, between the holding of the Presidential Election on a technically appropriate date, as a milestone of governance in the institutional and political life, and the opening, without delay of a large and high priority undertaking at the political level.
It concerns the conception and the conduct of deep reforms in the political, institutional, economic and social fields, with the largest possible and most representative participation of the Algerian society, with the just share that should be dedicated to women and youth.
I understand that the renovating project of our State-Nation, which I announced the key lines, would benefit from more explanations and preparations, so to clear doubts by providing the conditions for its approval by all the Algerian society’s categories and the nation’s components.
Loyal to the oath I took before the Algerian people to protect and promote in all the circumstances the interests of our country, and after the institutional consultations needed under the Constitution.
I invoke the grace and support of Almighty God to avail myself of the higher values of our people, our glorious martyrs and brave Mujahedeen to announce to you the following decisions:
First: There will be no fifth term and there has never been any question for me, since my health condition and my age assign me as an ultimate duty, to the Algerian people; the contribution to the foundations of a new Republic as part of the new Algerian system that we all strive for. This new Republic and this new system will be in the hands of the new generations of Algerians, men and women, who will naturally be the main actors and beneficiaries of public life and sustainable development in the Algeria of tomorrow.
Second: There will be no Presidential Election on April 18th. This is to meet a pressing request that you have been many to express to me in your concern to remove any misunderstanding as to the desirability and irreversibility of the generational transmission to which I am committed. It is also a matter of making prevail the noble purpose of the legal devices which resides in a sound regulation of the institutional life and in the harmony of the socio-political interactions, on a rigid fulfillment of pre-established rendezvous.
The postponement of the Presidential Election that has been demanded comes therefore to ease the apprehensions that have been expressed in order to pave the way for spreading serenity, tranquility and public security, with the aim of undertaking together the actions of paramount importance which will make it possible to prepare as quickly as possible the advent of a new era in Algeria.
Third: With a view to greater mobilization from the public authorities and enhancing the effectiveness of the State’s action in all areas, I decided to make capital changes within the Government in the near future. These changes are set to be an adequate response to the expectations you voiced to me, as well as an illustration of my receptivity to the requirement of accountability and rigorous assessment, as part of the exercise of senior positions at all levels and in all sectors.
Fourth: The Inclusive and Independent National Conference will be a forum with all the forces necessary for debating, developing and adopting all types of reforms, which are meant to be the foundation for the new system for launching the process of transforming our nation-state, which I consider to be my ultimate mission in completing the work the Almighty God has given me the capacity and the Algerian people have given me the opportunity to do.
This conference will be equitably representative of the Algerian society as well as its trends. Its proceedings will be overseen by a plural presidential body, chaired by an independent, consensual and experienced national figure. The conference should strive to complete its mandate by the end of 2019. The draft Constitution emanating from the Conference will be submitted to a popular referendum. The National Independent Conference will fix the date of the presidential election, in which I will not be candidate.
Fifth: The Presidential Election, which will take place in the wake of the Inclusive and Independent national conference, will be organized under the exclusive authority of an Independent National Electoral Commission whose mandate, composition and mode of operation will be codified in a legislative text, based on the most established experiences and practices in the world.
The creation of an Independent National Electoral Commission is decided in response to a demand largely upheld by the Algerian political parties as well as to a constant recommendation of the electoral observation missions of the international and regional organizations, invited and received by Algeria during the previous elections.
Sixth: In order to optimally contribute to the holding of the presidential election under indisputable conditions of freedom, regularity and transparency, a Government of national competencies will be formed with the support of the components of the National Conference. This Government will supervise the missions of the public administration and the security services and will fully collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission. For its part, the Constitutional Council will assume, in complete independence, the powers conferred on it by the Constitution and the law on the presidential elections.
Seventh: I solemnly pledge before the Almighty God and in front of the Algerian people to spare no effort so that the State institutions, structures, dismemberments and local authorities mobilize to contribute to the full success of this action plan. I also undertake to ensure that all the constitutional institutions of the Republic scrupulously pursue the accomplishment of their respective missions and exercise their respective authorities in the exclusive service of the Algerian people and the Republic.
Finally, I pledge to hand over the prerogatives of the President of the Republic to the successor that the Algerian people will freely elect.
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