Algeria’s Head of State pledges to set up national sovereign body to prepare for elections

Algiers Algeria's Head of the State Abdelkader Bensalah expressed commitment to setting up a national collegial and sovereign institution, in consultation with the political and civil class, to be in charge of preparing and organizing national fair and transparent elections.

"In consultation with the political and civil class, I propose, in terms of priority and urgency, the creation of a national collegial, sovereign body. Its mission will be the creation of the necessary conditions for the preparation and organization of national fair and transparent elections," Bensalah, who assumed office as head of the State in conformity with Article 102 of the Constitution, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Head of State stressed that the "government and the concerned administrative services will be entrusted with supporting and accompanying it while freely accomplishing its missions. He also urged "everyone to surmount the divergences and engage in a collective historical action that lives up to the challenges implied by the (current) period, relying on the values of solidarity, cohesion, and abnegation, in order to reach the supreme objective, namely laying the foundations of future Algeria."

In this regard, Bensalah added "I will ensure that the relating legal framework be elaborated and drafted as soon as possible. I request our political class and the citizens to show innovation, participation and trust to build together a new legal system which will be the basis for a new political system that would meet the aspirations of our people."

He said that "free and sovereign exercise by the people of their choices will lead to the election, within the period stated in the constitution, of a new President of the Republic. This option will be all the more free as the conditions of its exercise will be conditions of calm, serenity and trust."

"The important thing for our people is to choose the person and program that best meet their aspirations for a new political system capable of taking up the country's major challenges in a modern, democratic, fair and developed Algeria, he added.

Source: International Islamic News Agency