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Polls open in Algeria’s tense general elections

Polls open in Algeria’s tense general elections

AFRICA, ALGERIA, DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS, GOVERNMENT, NORTHERN AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, SUB SAHARA REGION
Polls opened in Algeria on Saturday for a tense election. It's the first legislative polls since former long time President Bouteflika was forced from office in 2019. His replacement President Tebboune says the vote is to tackle corruption and build a "new Algeria". Some 24 million Algerians are called upon to elect the 407 deputies of the National People's Assembly for a five-year term. Voters will have more than 13,000 candidates to choose from- more than half of them listed as an independent. This is the first time that such a large number of independents have come forward to face contenders endorsed by parties largely discredited and held responsible for the crisis in the country. These newcomers, with a vague affiliation, could establish themselves as a new forc...
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