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Algeria to hold presidential election this year-interim president

ALGIERS, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Algeria will hold a presidential election on Dec. 12, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah said in a televised speech on Sunday.

Weekly mass demonstrations forced veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign in April, leaving Algeria in constitutional limbo and facing a stand off between the protesters and the army-backed government. (Reporting By Hamid Ould Ahmed and Lamine Chikhi in Algiers, writing by Angus McDowall in Tunis; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)