Elections in Algeria: Thousands march in protestChristian Fernsby ▼ | December 13, 2019
Huge crowds have massed in Algeria’s capital to protest against the election of Abdelaziz Bouteflika as president.
African state Abdelaziz Bouteflika
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“Tebboune is worse than Bouteflika. He’s known for being one of the thieves,” said Meriem, a 31-year-old civil servant. “We did not vote and we will not back down.”
Mohammed Charfi, head of Algeria’s electoral commission, said Tebboune, a 74-year-old former prime minister, had won 58% of the vote, according to preliminary results.
Charfi said 40% of voters took part in the election, which state media cast as a high enough turnout to vindicate the decision to hold the poll in spite of a boycott. ■