Is Algeria Heading Towards a Postponement of the Presidential Election?

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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According to the Algerian Constitution, the presidential election should take place before December 19 of this year, marking the end of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s term. However, declarations and indications are fueling fears among Algerians of a scenario where the elections could be postponed until 2025. This situation has left the population perplexed, especially as few political parties have openly addressed this issue until now.

With less than ten months remaining until the Algerian presidential election, the political climate remains uncertain, and Algerian media are avoiding the subject. There is no specific date set for the election, and the Algerian government is keeping the situation ambiguous.

There is no debate or official statements; it’s as if the topic is taboo, as highlighted by Zoubida Assoul, President of the Union for Change and Progress (UCP), a few weeks ago.

Recently, statements by Abdelkader Bengrina, President of the Movement for Reconstruction (MPR), an ally of the government, stirred controversy. As if testing the waters, he hinted that the “possibility” of postponing the elections was being considered.

Another trial balloon, possibly to prepare public opinion for a potential postponement, was launched by Louisa Hannoune, Secretary-General of the Workers’ Party (PT). She stated that given the unstable regional situation, “the conditions do not seem to be met to organize the election.”

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune appeared to be on track for a second term, but now he is undecided. According to insider information, his inner circle is divided on whether he should seek reelection. Several political parties are demanding political transparency regarding the election.

Soukaina Sghir

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