ALGIERS – Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Chief of Staff of the People’s National Army (ANP) said Monday in Ouargla, that holding the Presidential Election requires the speeding up of the creation of an independent body for the elections organization and monitoring, in order to "avoid the constitutional vacuum," said a communiqué of the National Defence Ministry (MDN).
On the second day of his visit to the 4 th Military Region in Ouargla, the Deputy Minister of National Defence said that "holding the presidential election will help avoid the trap of the constitutional vacuum, which would result in risks and deviations with serious consequences. All the Algerian citizens, who are the jealous guardians of the reputation of their country, its interests and place among the community of countries, need to adhere to this crucial approach for the country’s future."
In this regard, he said that "holding the presidential election will stand in the way of those who try to prolong the crisis. Obviously, the main stage would be to speed up the creation of an independent body in charge of elections organization and monitoring. "
"We expect rapid and suitable measures for the activation of this constitutional mechanism, as the most appropriate legal instrument to protect electors’ votes and guarantee the credibility of elections," the Army chief said.
Moreover, Gaïd Salah underlined that the "Army command proposal to activate Article 102 of the Constitution has disrupted gang chiefs who had profound hatred towards the Army forces efforts to develop on all fronts," said the same source.