Algeria’s interim leader to carry on after end of mandate

Abdelkader Bensalah was appointed as interim president by Algeria's parliament, following the resignation of former Abdelaziz Bouteflika

The mandate of Algeria’s interim president Abdelkader Bensalah will run out on Tuesday but he says he’ll carry on until elections are held.

Many Algerians however view him as being too close to the former leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was  forced to give up power in April after weeks of protests.

Elections for a new president have been postponed because of continued protests and logistical difficulties.

A young protester, Omar Djabim, said Mr Salah was part of the old system and people want him out of power.

Associate Professor of Political Science at St John’s University in New York, Azzedine Laachi said a caretaker government could break the deadlock.

“Create a temporary caretaker government with new faces which will govern over the transitional period, and hold a national conference to come up with new electoral laws and a constitution,” he said.


Nneka Ukachukwu