Algeria stages presidential vote amid fierce protests

Algeria stages presidential vote amid fierce protests
 

Algeria on Thursday held a presidential vote bitterly opposed by a protest movement that sees it as a regime ploy to cling on to power.
After almost 10 months of political turmoil, all 61,000 polling stations around the country opened as planned at 8am (7am GMT), the official APS news agency reported.
Five candidates are in the running, all of them widely rejected as “children of the regime” of the former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was ousted in April after two decades in office.
Turnout was expected to be extremely low after demonstrators shouting “no vote” again pressed their... read more

 
12 December 2019 in World News, Views: 38
Source: Guardian
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