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Algeria confirms Tebboune winner of presidential poll

By AFP
16 December 2019   |   7:04 pm
Algeria's constitutional council Monday released final presidential election results, confirming victory for Abdelmadjid Tebboune, albeit on a low turnout.

Algerian President-elect Abdelmadjid Tebboune greets attendees during a press conference in the capital Algiers, on December 13, 2019. – Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a former ally of Algeria’s deposed leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was elected yesterday president of the protest-wracked country in a widely boycotted vote, sparking another outpouring of anger on the streets today. (Photo by RYAD KRAMDI / AFP)

Algeria’s constitutional council Monday released final presidential election results, confirming victory for Abdelmadjid Tebboune, albeit on a low turnout.

Tebboune, once a prime minister under Abdelaziz Bouteflika — who resigned under huge pressure from protests in April — officially won 58.13 percent in Thursday’s election.

The figure was little changed from the 58.15 percent in the provisional results, which had already negated any need for a second round.

His nearest challenger, Abdelkader Bengrina, an Islamist, won 17.4 percent of the vote.

The turnout was 39.88 percent, according to the constitutional council, the lowest since the advent of pluralism.

Huge demonstrations have continued since Bouteflika stepped down, with protesters staunchly opposing the poll, which they saw as a ploy by the establishment to shore up its waning power.

All five candidates approved by authorities to run had links to the former president, including another of his former prime ministers, Ali Benflis.

Maghreb expert and historian Karima Direche told AFP at the weekend she believed turnout may have been less than 20 percent.