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Algeria: Army Chief Says Army Has No Political Ambition

Algeria’s Vice Minister of Defence and Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, on Wednesday said the army seeks only to serve the country and it has no political ambition, reported AllAfrica.

“Our farthest ambition is to serve our country and be a sincere companion to this honest and authentic people, in order to overcome the crisis that our country is going through and achieve constitutional legitimacy so we can embark on solid ground and a sound and correct starting point,” Salah said in a speech at the military academy in Cherchell District in Tipaza Province, near Algerian capital Algiers.

He said that the army expects a sense of understanding from the Algerian people that live up to the level of their confidence.

 “We expect our people to observe every step we take, every road we go into, every word we utter, every destination we go to, and every approach we take, not only throughout the country but across every inch of the sanctified land of Algeria,” Salah said.  “If you are heading to the authentic Algeria for which millions were martyred, there is no doubt that you will meet, while going into the right destination, with the overwhelming majority of the authentic Algerian people.”

He also mentioned the various obstacles facing the army’s approach to solving the crisis. He said those people creating uproar in the country are the ones who see every serious and patriotic work as a threat to their interests and the interests of their masters.

The army chief reaffirmed that the Army command had no political ambition. He said the army’s supreme ambition is to serve the country and its people and enable them to overcome the crisis and achieve the constitutional legitimacy, on a solid basis and sound foundations.

Salah assured that the Algerian army will accompany the people until the country’s crisis ends.

Caroline Finnegan

A professionnal journalist for the past ten years, I cover global news and economic affairs for The Chief Observer.

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