Following months of protests and civil disturbances, Algeria’s electoral authority has finally set a date for presidential elections – December 12. Head of the electoral body, Mohamed Chorfi, told reporters Sunday that the final list of candidates for the upcoming elections will be passed to the constitutional council for final validation.
Of the 23 candidates that had applied to be on the ballot, only five made the final list, according to Chorfi. Rules for candidates included gathering 50,000 signatures from citizens on voting lists from at least 50 regions.
The Top five candidates include former Prime Ministers Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Ali Benflis, the former Culture Minister Azzedine Mihoubi, along with the former Tourism Minister Abdelkader Bengrine and Abdelaziz Belaid, head of the El Mostakbal Movement party.