ALGIERS – Head of the State Abdelkader Bensalah, on Tuesday in Algiers committed to set up, in consultation with the political and civil class, “a national collegial and sovereign institution, which will be responsible for preparing and organizing national fair and transparent elections.”
Bensalah took office as Head of the State, in conformity with the Article 102 of the Constitution. In statement, he said: “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.”
Stressing that the “government and the concerned administrative services will be entrusted with supporting and accompanying it while freely accomplishing its missions,” he 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 basis for a new political system that would meet the aspirations of our people.”
The Head of the State 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 programme 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,” said Bensalah.
Expressing the hope that “the forthcoming inauguration of a President of the Republic will trigger the process to build a new Algeria through a programme to which our citizens contribute with ardour and abnegation.”
“I expect from everyone a greater mobilization than they have shown so far, to meet the multiple and urgent challenges that our country must inevitably face, including those related to our national and regional security, deep economic, financial and institutional reforms, as well as sustainable social and human development,” he continued.
On this occasion, the Head of State greeted “all the social classes who have participated in a peaceful, dignified and responsible manner in the successive marches that have animated the political scene since 22 February.”
Bensalah paid tribute to the forces of our People’s National Army (ANP), which “have never failed in the fundamental fulfillment of their constitutional mission and to the wisdom of its Command, which has opted for respect for the Constitution as the only reference point to enable our people to fulfill their aspirations and overcome the current crisis.”