Algeria national armed forces are neutral and committed to the constitutional duties of protecting the borders of the homeland and its general security to ensure the safety of the country and the people, Chairman of the National People’s Assembly, Mouad Bouchareb, strongly defended, on Sunday, the military institution.
Bouchareb responded to the statements of the Labor Party’s General Secretary, Louisa Hanoune, who said that the military institution is not neutral in the presidency of 2019, asserting that the armed forces are neutral and committed to the constitutional duties.
“The military institution is neutral in its position on the presidency and is not inclined to the fifth term of the current president, as the leader of the Labor Party said two days ago”, Bouchareb added on the occasion of Martyr’s Day at the National People’s Assembly.
“Other parties are taking advantage of the situation and move tendentious rumors to distort the role of the constitutional army, although its functions are clear and specified in the Constitution and can not be diverted under the request of any party. All its members are entrusted with the sole task of protecting the Republic with their commitment to carry out its noble tasks, as the real guarantor of the sovereignty of Algeria, the maintenance of its security, the stabilization of its stability and the maintenance of its national independence”.
Bouchareb called for closing the ranks and getting out of the circle of imaginary conflicts, which are a waste of effort, time and will.”
Bouchareb responded to Louisa Hanoune, who had already issued statements to the military insitution accusing it of not being neutral and involving the army in the political arena. She said during a speech before the meeting of the Political Bureau at the party headquarters in Algiers: “The intervention of the military institution in politics became clear, and the statements of the Defense Minister with the commitment of the military institution to its constitutional duties fell into the water”, asking about the real neutrality of the armed forces, which entered the campaign in support of President Bouteflika’s achievements.
For his part, Gaid Saleh, warned several times, during his successive visits to the military regions, which he called “bad intentions” of some parties, as the presidential elections approached and their attempt to issue “prejudicial judgments that have no credibility” regarding the positions of the military institution of this day, confirming that “Whoever harms the armed forces is in fact offending Algeria and its people.”