Algeria army chief wants presidential election in December

Demonstrators shout slogans and gesture during a protest demanding social and economic reforms, as well as the departure of the country's ruling elite in Algiers, Algeria August 30, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 02 September 2019

Algeria army chief wants presidential election in December

  • By law, elections come 90 days after an announcement, which would mean a December vote

ALGIERS: Algeria’s powerful army chief says that the date of the nation’s long-delayed presidential election should be announced on Sept. 15 to quickly pull the nation out of political limbo.
By law, elections come 90 days after an announcement, which would mean a December vote.
The official APS news agency quoted Ahmed Gaid Salah as saying on Monday that an independent body “for the preparation, organization and surveillance of the election” should be quickly installed.
The country has been without an elected leader since longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced out in April, in part by a grassroots revolt that still holds weekly protests. Many in the vast protest movement seek a transition period toward democracy rather than a quick election, and worry over Gaid Salah’s growing role as behind-the-scenes powerbroker.


Erdogan: 10 million CoronaVac doses could reach Turkey by weekend

Updated 22 January 2021

Erdogan: 10 million CoronaVac doses could reach Turkey by weekend

  • Turkey has already received an initial consignment of three million doses

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday China had approved delivery of a second consignment of the CoronaVac vaccine, produced by Sinovac Biotech, and 10 million doses could arrive in Turkey by this weekend.
Turkey has already received an initial consignment of three million doses and has so far vaccinated 1.166 million people, mostly health workers and elderly people. Erdogan was speaking to reporters in Istanbul.