Algeria interim President appeals for dialogue

Abdelkader Bensalah

The interim president of Algeria, Abdelkader Bensalah has made a state television address repeating his call for elections and national dialogue to end the political crisis in the country.


Mr Bensalah said it was the only democratic solution and that the army would not be part of talks.


His previous appeals for dialogue have been rejected by protesters who want to overhaul the entire political system.


A presidential election was scheduled for this month but had to be postponed for lack of candidates.


The mass protests fuelled the resignation three months ago, of the veteran President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.



Dominica Nwabufo