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Algeria's army chief says he has no pol ambitions

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Students and police confront each other during an anti-government protest in Algeria.

Reuters, Algiers :
Algeria's army chief of staff said on Wednesday he had no political ambitions in response to democracy activists who say that he intends to copy the authoritarian model of Egypt. The armed forces have been a pivotal power center in Algeria for decades and have been managing a transition after mass protests forced President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign last month after 20 years in office.
Street demonstrations have continued to press demands for a dismantling of the elite of independence veterans, security commanders and business tycoons that have run the major oil and natural gas producer since independence from France in 1962.
"Everybody should know that we have no political ambitions," Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah told state television.
A presidential election has been scheduled for July 4 but an informed source said on Friday it might be postponed.
Algerian activists say they are concerned the army-steered transition toward democracy will prove illusory as in Egypt. As Egypt's army chief in 2013, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled freely elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, won election himself in 2014 and then suppressed Mursi's supporters as well as the liberal opposition in a pervasive crackdown on dissent.
In Algeria, analysts the army fears the crisis will continue at a time of worsening disorder in neighboring Libya, where there is factional fighting for control of the capital Tripoli.  
Salah also said a fight against corruption and cronyism, among protesters' main grievances, would continue and that he disagreed with some officials who said this was not a priority.
Earlier this month a military judge placed Bouteflika's youngest brother and two ex-intelligence chiefs in custody. They joined a string of businessmen and officials under investigation over corruption ahead of the presidential election.

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