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Algerians Protest Against Newly Elected President

People collect for a mass anti-government demonstration within the centre of the Algerian capital Algiers on December 17, 2019. RYAD KRAMDI / AFP


Students, lecturers and different demonstrators rallied of their 1000’s in Algeria’s capital Tuesday in opposition to the newly elected president, rejecting his supply of dialogue with a months-old protest motion.

Abdelmadjid Tebboune gained 58.1 % of the vote in Thursday’s election, in line with official outcomes, and on Friday mentioned he was prepared for talks to “build a new Algeria”.

But protesters, lengthy against an election they noticed as a ploy by the institution to consolidate energy after ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned below fashionable stress in April, remained defiant.

Shouts of “The election was fixed! It wasn’t legitimate! The march will continue!” crammed the air in Algiers through the first weekly rally because the ballot, an AFP journalist mentioned.

Security forces had been closely deployed, however there have been no confrontations between them and demonstrators.

“Tebboune will not govern us!” protesters shouted, vowing to maintain the ballot winner from taking over residence on the presidential palace.

He is ready to be sworn in throughout a ceremony in Algiers on Thursday, the presidency mentioned.

The protest motion has rocked Algeria since February, initially demanding Bouteflika step down then pushing for the remnants of his regime to make approach for brand new, impartial establishments.

Turnout within the election was 39.9 %, in line with the constitutional council.

All 5 candidates had hyperlinks to Bouteflika, who dominated for twenty years regardless of struggling a debilitating stroke in 2013.

Tebboune can be seen as near military chief Ahmed Gaid Salah, who turned the nation’s de facto strongman following Bouteflika’s departure.



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