World Bulletin / News Desk
An Arab League delegation left Cairo on Friday to partake in monitoring this month's presidential elections in Algeria, a source at Cairo International Airport said.
The 133-member delegation will take part in monitoring the April 17 elections following an agreement between Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi and Algerian Foreign Minister Ramdane Lamamra, according to Mohamed Sobeih, who heads the delegation.
The delegation includes representatives from different Arab countries, Sobeih said.
A number of representatives of the pan-Arab body visited Algeria last month and met with the legal commission tasked with monitoring the upcoming elections. The delegation also met with a number of ministers and civil society representatives.
The country's fifth presidential race started last month, amid an acute political crisis with opposition groups staging demonstrations against a reelection bid by incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Although there are five other candidates besides Bouteflika in the elections, observers expect Algeria's former prime minister Ali Benflis to be Bouteflika's main rival.Last Mod: 11 Nisan 2014, 15:24