ALGIERS- Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah, in a Council of Ministers meeting Tuesday, reiterated that the “rejection of foreign interference is a principle rooted in the political culture of Algeria, people and institutions,” adding that “all attempts in this respect are doomed to fail.”
“Algeria is still deeply committed to the rejection in principle of all foreign interference in its internal affairs, whoever the instigators and whatever their intentions, often, if not always, using human rights as an excuse, an argument that is most of the time diabolically politicized,” Bensalah said in the opening of the Council of Ministers meeting he chaired Tuesday in Algiers.
“Everyone should understand that rejection of foreign interference is a principle rooted in the political culture of Algeria, people and institutions, and all attempts in this respect are doomed to fail.”
“As a result,” Benslah noted, “our partners should show respect for Algeria and its institutions, as it is up to the Algerian people, and only the Algerian people, to choose, in all sovereignty and with full guarantees of transparency, the presidential candidate they wish to give the legitimacy to run the country.”
The way to do that is “the will of the people as expressed through the ballot box,” he said.
This step “is to be made in the coming days by our people,” for an “Algeria looking to a future to be built by our own daughters and sons with the support of the People’s National Army.”
Bensalah seized the opportunity to commend the “huge efforts” and the “intensive work” made by the security forces in coordination with the State institutions to ensure the presidential election goes smoothly.