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.
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 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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