A country that has a presidential election in three months and yet, no single candidate came forward. Below is AFP’s wire on the Algerian election announcement:Algiers, Jan 18, 2019 (AFP) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika issued a decree on Friday calling a much anticipated presidential election for April 18 but without saying whether he will seek a new term. Uncertainty over whether Bouteflika will stand for re-election has frozen Algerian politics for months. For the last presidential election in 2014, Bouteflika left it until just days before the deadline to register. Algerian politics is notoriously opaque with the winner of every multiparty presidential election pre-selected by a shadowy elite, beginning in 1995 with victory by retired General Liamine Zeroual.
Source: The North Africa Journal January 18, 2019 19:52 UTC