Algeria's Army Chief invited military personnel to participate in elections
Algerian Army Chief of Staff Said Chengriha said that all senior leaders must ensure the failure of any scheme or action aimed at disrupting the course of this election.
The Algerian Army Chief of Staff, Said Chengriha, has invited military personnel to participate in legislative elections, calling all parties to block what he described as "plans to disrupt the legislative election".
In a speech to army officers in Algiers, the top military figure said that "all senior leaders must be strict in implementing the instructions and directives issued by the supreme leadership and ensure the failure of any scheme or action aimed at disrupting or affecting the course of this election.”
"This is to ensure the secure and smooth running of this important national event and enable citizens to express their will in an atmosphere of tranquility, reassurance, and stability, “he added.
On his part, the leader of the Algerian Justice and Development Front, Abdallah Djaballah, warned of the consequences of boycotting the legislative elections.
"It is possible to bring about a simple but useful gradual reform by participating and casting a vote in this entitlement," Djaballah added.
Almost 1,500 candidate lists — of which 646 represent 28 political parties, plus 837 independent lists — will compete for 407 seats in parliament.
The early legislative elections in Algeria is scheduled for 12 June.