Army Chief Says “Time Running Out” to Resolve Algeria Crisis

4/18/2019

Algeria's army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah has said the military is considering all options to resolve the country's political crisis, as thousands of protesters march through the capital calling for the country's interim leaders to resign. In a speech broadcast on state media, he warned that "time is running out" to find a solution to the ongoing upheaval ahead of elections scheduled for July 4.

His comments came after state media reported the resignation of Tayeb Belaiz, the head of the Algerian constitutional council, which will play a key role in the upcoming presidential election. The council is tasked with vetting election candidates, as well as ensuring the regularity of the polls.

Algerians have been protesting against the "3B," Belaiz, Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, and Abdelkader Bensalah, who served as the upper house speaker until being appointed interim president after Bouteflika's resignation.

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