Algeria: The Beginning of Presidential Elections Nominations and the Opposition Impasse

Mohamed Al-Sbitli

Algeria is moving towards presidential elections scheduled for next December. Several practical steps have been taken, including the formation of a national election authority that is independent of the Ministry of Interior, and the appointment of a body to administer it. However,  these measures did not find consensus. In spite of the start of the electoral movement and the withdrawal of many candidates; the opposition remains generally reluctant, and sometimes refusing to neither participate nor nominate. This is in addition to the occurrence of some arrests and temporary imprisonment of the most prominent faces of the movement. It was also accompanied by military court rulings on Said Bouteflika, General Taoufik and the group charged with them in the same case. This paper will explore the prospects for the electoral process in the current context?


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