Algerian judges refuse to supervise elections

On Saturday, Algerian judges in the capital have announced to interrupt of presidential elections scheduled for July 4.

More than 100 judges staged a protest outside the Justice Ministry in Algiers on Saturday at the invitation of the Judges' Club, announcing that they would not supervise the planned elections, media reported.

"In support of the demands of the people, we, the members of the Judges' Club, have decided to interrupt of the presidential elections," said Judge Saad al-Din Marzouk.

Judges play a pivotal role in organizing elections in Algeria, where they are particularly charged with overseeing electoral lists, a point of permanent disagreement between the opposition and the authority.

An extraordinary review of the electoral lists is scheduled for April 16-24, in preparation for the July 4 entitlement, AFP reported.

The development, which supports the ongoing protest movement in the country, coincided with the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, with civil society organizations expressing concern about police crackdowns on demonstrators, hours after the rallies.

Protesters returned to the streets in large numbers on Friday, believing that the current leaders created by President Bouteflika's "regime" cannot be guaranteed to organize a free and fair electoral entitlement.

Parliament has appointed parliament speaker Abdelkader Ben Saleh as interim president for 90 days until presidential elections are held on July 4.

"No to Saleh's son," protesters chanted on Friday. According to Reuters, the demonstrators raised banners saying "we want to try all corrupt figures" and "no gang" while others raised the flag of Algeria.



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