In Algeria the date has been set for the election of a new President to succeed the late Houari Boumedienne, who died at the end of December last year.
In Algeria the date has been set for the election of a new President to succeed the late Houari Boumedienne, who died at the end of December last year. The Algerian National Liberation Front will hold a nomination congress on the 27th of February and it is expected that between two thousand five hundred and three thousand delegates will attend. Source quoted by Reuters news agency say that among them will be up to five hundred representatives of the armed forces.
SYNOPSIS: Preparations for this huge gathering wee undertaken by a commission, which finished it works at the NLF headquarters in Algiers on Monday (22 January). President Boumedienne rule virtually single-handed for thirteen years and left no obvious successor. Reuters say that whoever succeeds him will nit inherit the same extensive powers and authority will be distributed more broadly both during and after the Congress.
The preparatory commission was chaired on Monday by Dr. Ben Hamoude and delegates discussed reports presented by various working groups. The NLF Congress will be the first since 1964 - the previous leadership and statues were suspended after Monsieur Boumedienne came to power in a coup in 1965. The Government newspaper "Ech Chaab" reported earlier this month that a single candidate will be presented for election on the ninth of February after nomination at the Congress.
Reuters say the ruling Council of the evolution is expected to be ended in its present from by the Congress. In its place a new NLF leadership is predicted, with a membership of between fifteen and eighteen people, including the eight remaining members of the Council of the Revolution. reuters also say that names tipped as likely presidential successors include NLF Manager Mohammed Salah Yahiaoui and Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Bouteflika.