Algerian Prime Minister to Resign to Speed Up Election Process

Algerian Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui

Rabat – Algerian Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui is expected to announce his resignation in the coming days.

Senior sources told Reuters on Tuesday, September 10, that the move seeks to “facilitate the holding of elections this year.”

Earlier this month, Algerian army chief Gaid Salah announced that his country will announce a date for the delayed presidential election on September 5.

The announcement comes amid nationwide protests, calling on the entire government and the army chief to leave.

Salah said that “it was appropriate to summon the electorate on September 15th.”

He added that the election can be held “within the deadlines provided by the law.” Algerian law stipulates that the election should take place  90 days after the announcement.

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Bedoui is one of the elites that Algerian protesters want to remove from power.

Protesters urged several senior officials and former head of state Abdelaziz Bouteflika to leave in April.

Algerians are also calling on the army to not interfere in politics.

Protests in Algeria started in February. Throughout the year,  Algerians have been denouncing the wide corruption in the country, calling for accountability and for an end to the impunity enjoyed by elites. Algeria’s security services arrested several officials including Algeria’s two former prime ministers, Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal.