Algerien wählt gegen Bouteflika

Lichtgeschwindigkeit 9814

am Freitag, 13. Dezember 2019

.

.

Nach zwanzig Jahren Regierung und eskalierten Demonstrationen ist der algerische Präsident Abdelazis Bouteflika (82) zurückgetreten.

.

Heute wählt das große moslemische Algerien in der Hoffnung auf politischen Wandel in Algerien.

.

.

THE GUARDIAN.uk am 12. Dezember 2019:

.

„Police and protesters clash as Algeria holds disputed election

.

Unrest in Algiers and other cities as low turnout expected amid widespread disaffection

.

Police and demonstrators have clashed in Algeria as polls opened in a tense presidential election.

.

The Hirak opposition movement, which emerged this year from weekly demonstrations against the former French colony’s political establishment, has said the poll cannot be considered free or fair while the ruling elite, including the military, stay in power and has called for a boycott.

.

Demonstrators faced off with riot police in Algiers, the capital, and some other major cities in the north African country. Dozens of arrests were reported amid baton charges to disperse protesters.

.

Five candidates are in the running, all of them widely rejected by protesters as “children of the regime” of the former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was ousted in April after two decades in office.

Turnout is expected to be extremely low after major demonstrations against the vote on the eve of the polls.

How can we trust those who betrayed the country and helped Bouteflika?” read one placard at a rally on Wednesday.

Mohamed Charfi, the former justice minister who is head of Algieria’s electoral commission, said 90% of polling stations were open and only 5% had been affected by “disturbances”.

Charfi described turnout as “respectable” so far.

The 61,000 polling stations are scheduled to close at 7pm local time (1800 GMT) and the result may not be announced until Friday.

.

Whoever wins will struggle to be accepted by the electorate in Algeria, where many see the military-backed regime as inept, corrupt and unable to manage the flagging economy.

.

None of the five candidates can hope to be considered legitimate,” said Anthony Skinner, the Middle East and North Africa director at the risk analysis company Verisk Maplecroft. He predicted the vote would be boycotted on a large scale.

.

In an early indication of mass abstentions, polling stations at Algerian embassies abroad have stayed almost empty since they opened on Saturday, with the few expatriates who did show up weathering insults from protesters.

.

The Hirak movement began when Bouteflika, 82, announced in February he would seek a fifth term in office. Since then, protesters have demonstrated on the streets demanding the total dismantling of the system that has ruled Algeria since independence from France in 1962.

The military high command, which long wielded power from the shadows, has been forced to take a more visible role and has pushed for the election as a way to resolve the political crisis.

.

The powerful army chief, Ahmed Gaid Salah, who has emerged as Algeria’s de facto ruler, has described opponents of the election as “a criminal gang … full of bitterness and visceral hate for this country”, and said he had ordered security forces to stop any planned disturbances of the poll.

.

A previous poll set for July was scrapped due to a lack of viable candidates and the interim president Abdelkader Bensalah’s term technically ended five months ago.

The candidates have struggled to campaign, with hostile crowds gathering outside poorly attended rallies in heavily guarded venues. Election posters have been torn down. All of them in the past either supported Bouteflika or participated in his government, two as prime ministers and one as a minister.

The central demand of protesters since the fall of Bouteflika has been for a change in the system, so as to ensure that the same people are not holding the ropes. However, the only reforms have been surface deep,” said Chloe Teevan, an analyst at the Brussels-based European Centre for Development Policy Management.

The army and the National Liberation Front (FLN), the party that won independence from France in 1962 and has ruled ever since, have pledged the vote will be free.

Algerian courts this week handed down heavy jail sentences in high-profile corruption trials for two other former prime ministers, Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal.

But even those verdicts did little to win over the protesters, who saw the trials as little more than a high-level purge in a struggle between still-powerful regime insiders.

Protests have been illegal in Algiers since 2001 and police have only tolerated weekly Hirak protests on Fridays and student marches on Tuesdays.

Wednesday marked the anniversary of the outbreak of major demonstrations against French colonial power in Algeria in 1960, and there have been calls online for protesters to converge on the Algiers square commemorating it.

.

Meriem, a 62-year-old Algiers resident, marched with her daughter and daughter-in-law brandishing red cards to oppose the election. “I’m marching to say no to the vote,” she said. “No to the Bouteflika system without Bouteflika.”

.

.

Dietmar Moews meint: Wer sich über afrikanische Staatskünste wundert, indem Millionen Flüchtlinge unter Todesgefahren Alles hinter sich zu lassen versuchen, muss auch nach Algerien schauen, einem an sich wohlhabendem großen Staat vor günstigen geografischen und religiöse-homogenen Bedingungen.

.

Algerien ist eine Wahl zu wünschen, an deren Ausgang tüchtige und fähige Stellvertreter die politische Audgabe „STAAT ZU MACHEN“ seriös annähmen.

.

Es ist ein Drama, das der alte Bouteflika nicht wirklich Anstrengungen aufweist, eine Verbesserung der konkreten gelebten Verfassung und eines fähigen Führungspersonal zu rekrutieren.

.

Algerien kann durchaus von der französischen Kulturadaption un Kolonialisierung lernen, um es selbständig besser anzustellen.

.

Die sunnitischen Algerier könnten die nordafrikanisch-moslemisch-arabische Welt erheblich inspirieren, wenn man sich in Algier zu Reformen durchringen würde. Allein freie Presse, statt Polizeistaat, freie Wissenschaft statt Überwachung und Gewaltübergriffe könnte geistig-sozale Kräfte in Algerien freisetzen.

.

.

FINE E COMPATTO

.

WARNUNG: recommended posts (Zusätze, die als Empfehlungen oder Beziehungen von WordPress hier eingestellt werden)

 

auf dem Dietmar Moews‘ Blog eingeblendete „Recommended Posts“ oder sonstige „Pseudoempfehlungen“ werden von WordPress

.

gegen das Einverständnis des Eigentümers Dr. Dietmar Moews

.

hier gezeigt und sind keine Empfehlungen von Dr. Dietmar Moews. Nichts davon wird i.S.d.P. von Dr. Dietmar Moews verantwortet. Dietmar Moews klickt diese „recommendends“ nicht an und liest nichts davon.

.

Ab jetzt werden alle Dietmar Moews‘ Blog-Beiträge mit dem SLOGAN

 

FINE E COMPATTO deutlich beendet.

.

WARNUNG: recommended posts

.

und BESTELLEN

subscription to Dietmar Moews Abonnement von Dietmar Moews un abonnement à Dietmar Moews

Blätter für Kunst und Kultur erscheinen in loser Folge im Verlag Pandora-Kunst-Projekt Köln

Blätter Neue Sinnlichkeit

.

.

Indem ich Ihnen ein langes Leben wünsche, sparen Sie auf diese Weise ganz erheblich.

Abonnement auf Lebenszeit für EURO 500,- (oder entsprechender Landeswährung)

Einzelpreis oder Abonnement inkl. Versand EURO 12.-, Schüler bei Selbstabholung EURO 4.-

Abonnieren Sie mit Namen, Postanschrift, Ort, Datum, Unterschrift sowie EURO 500 zur Verrechnung bei:

PANDORA KUNST PROJEKT

zu Händen Dr. Dietmar Moews

Mainzer Straße 28

D-50678 Köln am Rhein

Kommentar verfassen

Trage deine Daten unten ein oder klicke ein Icon um dich einzuloggen:

WordPress.com-Logo

Du kommentierst mit Deinem WordPress.com-Konto. Abmelden /  Ändern )

Google Foto

Du kommentierst mit Deinem Google-Konto. Abmelden /  Ändern )

Twitter-Bild

Du kommentierst mit Deinem Twitter-Konto. Abmelden /  Ändern )

Facebook-Foto

Du kommentierst mit Deinem Facebook-Konto. Abmelden /  Ändern )

Verbinde mit %s

%d Bloggern gefällt das: