The election was initially scheduled to take place in July but authorities decided to postpone it due to a lack of candidates.
Algeria’s state news agency cited Salah, saying that “it was appropriate to summon the Electorate on September 15th.”
He added that these “elections can be held within the deadlines provided for by law.”
Under Algerian law, the election should be held 90 days after the announcement.
“I have spoken about the priority to seriously launch the preparation of the presidential elections within the coming weeks, and today, based on our missions, prerogatives and our compliance with the Constitution and the laws of the Republic as well,” he said.
Gaid Salah’s announcement comes amid a nationwide protests, calling for a radical change in Algeria.
The protests, which started since February, are calling for all elites from the era of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down. Protesters have been also calling for Salah to leave.
Salah said that the elections, which “are a crucial milestone in Algeria’s history will provide further progress on the path of the creation of rule of law.”