Algerians vote in parliamentary election

Algerians vote in parliamentary election
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Islam NEWS – Algeria held parliamentary elections on Saturday that the ruling elite hopes will turn a page on political unrest amid a crackdown on dissent, but which many voters were expected to ignore.

While the authorities want a high turnout, few people have participated in recent votes, with many Algerians convinced real power is wielded by the army and security forces.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said decisions were made by a majority who voted, no matter what the turnout. “This election is a new step to build a new Algeria,” he said after voting outside Algiers.

The election takes place against the backdrop of political upheaval after the leaderless “Hirak” protest movement led to the ousting of veteran President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 2019.

Polls are scheduled to close at 1900 GMT, though in previous elections they have been kept open later. Results will be announced on Sunday.

Source: Reuters

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