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Algeria: record low turnout in presidential election held amid calls for boycott

WorldNews Friday, 13 December 2019
Algeria: record low turnout in presidential election held amid calls for boycottThousands of Algerians took to the streets on Thursday to protest a presidential election they see as illegitimate, clashing with police and urging the country to boycott a vote that will now go to a second round. Early results on Thursday night showed that there would be a second round between the top two candidates, former prime minister Majid Tebboun with 36 per cent and Abdelkader Bengrina with 29.5 per cent, as neither received the majority needed to win outright. It was not yet clear when the next vote will run. Election officials said the voter turnout in the country was a little over 41 per cent, and close to 9 per cent among Algerians voting overseas, the lowest participation rate...
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Turnout expected to be low with protesters saying election is designed to preserve the status quo.

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