ALGIERS- The five candidates for the presidential election of 12 December rejected, on the 7th day of the election campaign, foreign attempts aiming to interfere in Algeria's internal affairs, urging the people to mobilize and participate strongly in the upcoming elections with a view to preserving the country.

Indeed, the five candidates warned, at their electoral meetings, against foreign interference, particularly after the European Parliament had scheduled a meeting to discuss the situation in Algeria.

The candidates for the Supreme Court condemned the European Parliament's move, stressing that "this act constitutes a clear provocation on the eve of the presidential elections."

From Laghouat, where he led a meeting at the Abdallah-Kriou House of Culture, candidate Abdelkader Bengrina said "there are lackeys at the service of their masters who do not wish to see Algeria stand up," promising, in case of his victory, to work to make Algeria "a leading nation in the concert of nations."

"When our country is in peril, all internal resentments must dissipate to raise us, as one man, against the enemies of our homeland," he said, calling on the people to "mobilize to preserve the Homeland and refuse that internal affairs be discussed at the level of the European Parliament with the complicity of their supporters inside."

Reacting to videos on social networks about the release of citizens opposed to the elections in Aflou (Laghouat), the candidate of the El-Bina movement said "they are our brothers, we forgive our opponents and we call on them to come out in a march against foreign interference in our country's internal affairs".

In the same vein, independent candidate Abdelmadjid Tebbon also criticized the "attempts aiming to interfere in the country's internal affairs," calling on the people to "strengthen their ranks and vote massively on December 12 to overcome the current political situation."

"The Algerian people are free and will not accept any interference, by external parties, in their country's internal affairs, including attempts by the European Union," the former Prime Minister said at a meeting held at the House of Culture in Khenchela.

For his part, candidate Ali Benflis called on "Algerians to show unity in defending the country," adding in this wake that "the current situation requires the mobilization and solidarity of all."

 

- Commitment to improving purchasing power and combating unemployment

In addition, the candidates for the Supreme Court mentioned at their meetings the socio-economic situation of the country, committing themselves to improving the purchasing power of employees, and to combating unemployment affecting  the youths.

In this context, candidate Abdelaziz Belaïd promised to establish a solid economic base by encouraging initiatives and setting up "real" economic enterprises to create jobs and wealth.

During a popular meeting held at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Chlef, the candidate of the El-Moustakbal Front said that "the country has the means to achieve a real economic take-off."

From Medea, where he hosted a meeting at the "Imam Ilyas" sports complex, Benflis has promised, for his part, to open the retirement pension file and the rehabilitation of patriots.

The President of Talaie El Hourriyat recalled, on this occasion, that "the pensioners who served Algeria are currently being harmed because they receive only a small pension that does not guarantee them a dignified life," promising "to open the pension file, while taking into consideration the country's difficult financial situation."

As for Tebboune, he said he was ready, if the people support him, to take a decision to integrate 400,000 civil servants, adding that this measure will contribute to the fight against unemployment.

The former Prime Minister also spoke at his meeting held in the morning at the House of Culture in downtown Batna on the settlement of "all the problems of pensioners and disabled people of the People's National Army (APN). 

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