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Algerian army warns against blocking presidential elections

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Algeria’s army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Kayed Saleh, has issued a stern warning to anyone participating in the “blocking” of the December 12th presidential election.

In a speech on Thursday, Qaid Saleh threatened “those who stand in the way of this constitutional solution” with the “deterrent” part, adding that the army high command “will soon take all necessary measures to enable citizens to exercise their electoral right.”

He added that “anyone who stands in the way of this constitutional solution and the popular demand and works to hinder this vital national endeavor in any way, will be punished just and strict, but deterrent in accordance with the law.”

In response to questions about his recurring speeches, which are almost weekly, Qaid Saleh said, “The ultimate objective of the content of the letters I am keen to direct from the military aspects of my compatriots (…) is to accompany them and inform them, based on data, on the latest situation.”

It is noteworthy that the process of receiving the candidacy forms for the presidential elections is continuing in the country, where the former prime ministers, Ali bin Fleis and Abdul Majid Taboon, the most prominent figures announced their intention to run so far.

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