Announcement by military chief comes days after protesters took to the streets to denounce the army’s proposed plan [File: EPA]

Algeria‘s army chief of staff has warned against calls by protesters to postpone the country’s presidential election, saying it were the best way out of the current political crisis.

The announcement by Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah on Monday came just days after tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities across the country to denounce the army’s proposed plan.

“Holding a presidential election could help [Algeria] avoid falling into the trap of a constitutional void, with its accompanying dangers and unwelcome consequences,” Gaid Salah said in a speech.

Emphasising “the need to accelerate the establishment of an independent body

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