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73 candidates requested form to run for Algeria president

People attend a demonstration to protest against candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth term in Algiers, Algeria on March 01, 2019 [Farouk Batiche / Anadolu Agency]
People attend a demonstration to protest against candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth term in Algiers, Algeria on 1 March 2019 [Farouk Batiche/Anadolu Agency]

The Algerian Ministry of Interior reported that 73 potential candidates have requested forms to collect the necessary signatures to run in the presidential election scheduled for 4 July, APS news agency reported.

The ministry said in a statement that the list of those wishing to run for the elections included 70 independent candidates and three heads of political parties; the National Republican Alliance, the Future Front and the Algerian Movement for Justice and Development.

The statement added that the candidates had obtained the forms in accordance with the legal provisions, noting that the process is going well.

According to the Algerian electoral law, candidates wishing to run for president must collect 600 signatures from elected members of parliament or municipalities or collect 60,000 signatures of citizens with at least 1,500 signatures from each state.

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