The head of the Algerian Army, General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, today avoided talking about the political crisis that the country is going through in his first speech since a week ago forced by pressure the resignation of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Gaïd Salah, whose resignation is demanded by thousands of citizens, merely indicated that the Army will comply with its obligation to "guarantee the legitimate right of the Algerian people to enjoy total tranquility for the present and the future of their country",
"In order to achieve this noble objective, and aware of our role as military, the Army will continue to strive for the permanent promotion, sustained development and mobilization of its components in order to guarantee the legitimate right of the Algerian people," he said. a speech in Oran.
Gaïd Salah, Deputy Defense Minister and Chief of Staff since 2004, has become one of the most influential men in Algeria, but also one of the main targets of the protest movement, which considers it belongs to the "mafia of power" "that grew around Bouteflika.
His speech was criticized today by the vice president of the Algerian League of Human Rights (LADDH), Said Salhi, for whom the head of the Army "has turned his back on the people."
"He must assume the consequences of this brake on the popular will to change the system," said Salhi.
"The presidential elections that will be organized in 90 days by a despicable system for the people are just an artifice for their survival and continuity, we are especially peaceful, let's go our own way," he said.
The Algerian Parliament and Senate certified the resignation of the Bouteflika on Tuesday and gave the interim leadership of the state to the president of the upper house, Abdelkader Bensalah, a man very close to the former president who has 90 days to call new elections.