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Algeria: Thousands Protest Thursday’s Presidential Election

HeadlineDec 13, 2019

In Algeria, thousands of people have taken to the streets to denounce Thursday’s presidential election as a farce.

Protester: “The elections must fall. There are no elections. These people are the elections. No to elections in these conditions. These people are heroes.”

Activists called for people to boycott Thursday’s presidential election to replace Algeria’s longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was forced from power by a mass uprising in April. There was record-low participation in Thursday’s election, and early results suggest no candidate received the 50% of votes needed to win outright. Protesters say all five candidates represent a continuation of Algeria’s corrupt ruling elite. Earlier this week, two previous Algerian prime ministers were convicted and sentenced to prison over a corruption scandal that also ensnared other top government officials and businessmen in Algeria.

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