Algeria declares former PM Tebboune winner of presidential election

Uncategorized Faizah Kamal 13-Dec-2019

Algeria’s electoral body announced on Friday that former prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune had triumphed in Thursday’s presidential election with 58 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results.

The final voter turnout was 40 percent, the electoral body’s head stated in a televised news conference in Algiers.

Thousands of demonstrators were expected to take to the streets of Algeria on Friday to condemn a presidential election they perceive as a charade to keep the ruling elite in power.

The authorities and the army argue that the only way to move the country forward after demonstrators brought down Bouteflika in a popular uprising in April is to elect a successor.