Algerian President: we want to build the state
The Algerian president rejects the "minor" opposition to holding the elections and expresses his support for the "authentic" popular movement that contributes to building the state.
On Friday, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said that his country was on "the edge of the abyss" when he was elected in 2019, noting that "the ideology of political Islam will not exist in Algeria."
Tebboune told the French weekly Le Point, that only a minority rejects the elections in Algeria and then reiterated that he will not run for a second term.
He added that political Islam does not bother him and that it was not an obstacle to development in countries such as Tunisia, Turkey, or Egypt, and believes that such model, "does not go beyond the laws of the republic."
Concerning the "popular movement", he said: "Fortunately, a popular uprising occurred and the blessed authentic movement came in February 2019, making it possible to stop the collapse of the state and to cancel the fifth term, which would have enabled the beneficiary gang that had seized the President of the Republic's authority to continue ruling the country.”
Tebboune also considered that "his country's institutions were not credible and effective, as the group's interest became money and personal benefits, overshadowing the interests of the state, which drove him to work after his election to rebuild the republic and the democratic institutions that follow."
The Algerian president stressed that "the only movement he believes in, is the original movement... We will not be patient with calls for violence. What we want is to build the state and fight favoritism."
The campaign for the legislative elections scheduled for June 12th in Algeria continues with 1,500 competing lists.