April 17th, 2024

Algeria sets election for September, when military-backed president will vie for 2nd term

By Associated Press, The Associated Press on March 21, 2024.

FILE - Algeria's President Abdelmajid Tebboune gives a press conference, in Algiers, Algeria, Sunday, 24, 2019. Algeria's presidential campaign is officially starting a week ago with five candidates vying to replace the longtime leader pushed out in April in an ongoing protest movement. Algeria has scheduled this year’s presidential elections for September 7, providing more than five months for first-term President Abdelmajid Tebboune to campaign for a second term to lead the oil-rich north African nation, his office said in a statement on Thursday, March 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum, File)

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – Algeria will hold its next presidential election on Sept. 7, giving first-term President Abdelmajid Tebboune more than five months to campaign for a second term to lead the oil-rich north African nation.

Tebboune’s office announced the date in a statement on Thursday after meeting with high-ranking members of Parliament and the constitutional court as well as its independent election authority.

No candidate has come forth to challenge him in his quest to lead the country of 44 million people which is facing mounting political and economic challenges. Elections had been expected to take place in December 2024.

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