Algerian interim President, Abdelkader Bensalah called for fresh elections to be held on July 4 according to the state media. The announcement that came a day after Abdelkader Bensalah was appointed as interim president to replace long-serving leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned due to mass protests.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika ruled the country from 1999 until 2019 (20 years).
Bensalah was named on Tuesday to serve as interim leader for a maximum of 90 days until a new election can be organized. Under the constitution, he cannot run for the post himself. Upon taking up the role he promised in a televised speech to organize a round of free elections.