RCD calls on Bouteflika to resign, dubbed application of Article 102 violation of Republic Law

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Algeria – Mohcine Belabbas, Secretary-General of the Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD), has dubbed the appeal of Gaid Salah, Deputy Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff, to the application of Article 102 of the Constitution as a “violation of the laws of the Republic”.

“Gaid Salah is the chief of staff of the army. He has neither the right nor the prerogatives to intervene and make statements (…) it is a clear violation of the laws of the Republic, “he denounced Wednesday at a press conference.

For the leader of the opposition, Article 102, declaring the vacancy of the post of President of the Republic, should have been applied for years.

“The president has been sick for years. We called for its implementation (Article 102) in December 2012, “he said. And to add, “the attempt of application of this article is a political maneuver of the system”.

In this context, Mohcine Belabbas invited President Bouteflika to resign, demanding, in the process, the dissolution of parliament and the departure of the government. He, also, demanded the dissolution of the “political police”.

Similarly, Mohcine Belabbas calls for the  creation of a new body for election monitoring that would be independent of the government.

Finally, after the end of the process, the RCD defended the organization of the presidential election before the end of October 2019.

The Chief of Staff called, yesterday, for the implementation of Article 102 of the Constitution which stipulates the vacancy of the post of President of the Republic.

The latter allows the «removal of the president from office on the grounds of medical issues or other problems such as the inability of «exercising his functions.”

The article grants the presidency of Algeria, for 135 days, to the Speaker of the Council of the Nation, the upper house in the Algerian parliament.

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