The rules governing presidential elections in Algeria sound like they’ve been written by an Arab version of Eric Cartman and here’s why.
1) You have to be 40 years old, or older
Whist 75% of the Algerian population is under the age of 35 years old, the rules put in place by the regime forbid anyone under the age of 40 to be a presidential candidate. If you are 39 years, 11 months and 29 days old, the poorly written laws consider that you are inadequate to run the country.
Furthermore, an elected president in this age group of 40+ years old would represent only 25% of the population. In other words, the minority rules the majority and on that basis alone the president can’t be considered legitimate.
Canada, Austria or France must have been doing it all wrong and the only enlightened leaders in the world are the Algerian ones, or so they would like us to think.
2) You have to be muslim
We are the first to criticise other countries when they discriminate against muslims but we seem to be completely ok with discriminating against our own minorities. Imagine now the outcry if Western countries such as France or Germany put in place a condition whereby you can’t be president or chancellor if you’re not a christian.
3) Your wife must be Algerian
To be an adequate president your wife must be Algerian, otherwise you might just be a spy, or as the regime calls it “la main de l’etranger“.
4) You have to have been resident in Algeria for the 10 years preceding your candidacy
The law does not allow you to seek wisdom elsewhere or to improve yourself through work, studies and life experience abroad. You must have been a regular resident in the country for the past 10 years preceding your candidacy.