ICYMI: Abdelmadjid Tebboune Emerges As President of Algeria

Former Algerian prime minister, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has been elected president, according to reports , the election procesd was marred by unrest and low turnout.

Abdelmadjid Tebboune had 58.15 percent of the total votes cast, beating the four contenders without the need for a second-round runoff.

The deeply unpopular election had been championed by the army as a way of restoring stability after almost 10 months of street protests.

But on polling day Thursday, protesters defied a heavy police presence to hold a mass rally in the heart of the capital Algiers and smaller demonstrations in provincial cities.

All five candidates  who included another former prime minister, Ali Benflis, 75, and an ex-minister, Azzedine Mihoubi were widely rejected by protesters as “children of the regime”.

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Source: AFP

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