Algeria's Tebboune sets 'early' presidential elections for September 7

Algeria will hold early presidential elections in September, three months ahead of schedule, a statement from the president's office said, without providing further details.

"It was decided to hold early presidential elections on September 7, 2024," read the statement released following a meeting chaired by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and attended by lawmakers and the army's chief of staff.

Tebboune, who turns 79 in November, was elected in December 2019, after pro-democracy protests that broke out in February that year forced longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down.

The current president, whose five-year term in office was due to expire in December, had won 58 percent of the vote in 2019.

Tebboune has not said if he will seek a second term in office and there was no immediate explanation on why an early presidential election has been called.

He was a former premier under Bouteflika, who died in September 2021.

After Bouteflika stepped down, the demonstrations led by the Hirak protest movement continued in a push for deep reforms in hydrocarbon-rich Algeria.

But the movement waned when the coronavirus pandemic struck.


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