ALGIERS – Head of the State Abdelkader Bensalah has summoned the Electorate for the presidential elections on 4 July 2019, setting in motion the process which will allow to fill the institutional vacuum resulting from resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
President Bouteflika handed his resignation on April 2 after several weeks of protests firmly opposing the 5th term or the extension of his 4th term which was to expire on 28 April.
The convening of the Electorate comes in the wake of the meeting of the two Houses of the Parliament to take note of the definitive vacancy of the post of president of the Republic, in application of the Article 102 of the Constitution.
Pursuant to the Article 102 of the Constitution, Speaker of the Council of the Nation takes office as Head of the State for a period of 90 days.
In a speech, Head of the State Abdelkader Bensalah, on Tuesday in Algiers committed to set up, in consultation with the political and civil class, "a national collegial and sovereign institution, which will be responsible for preparing and organizing national fair and transparent elections.