Algeria's New President Will Struggle to Win Over His People

Dec 13, 2019 | 21:31 GMT

Many Algerians are likely to reject the legitimacy of newly elected Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune, who won office Dec. 12 with 58 percent of the vote. The country's electoral authority said voter participation stood at 41 percent, the lowest for any Algerian presidential election. Tebboune served as prime minister for three months in 2017, and in three Cabinet positions under former President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika. He soundly beat the other four presidential candidates, all largely institutional and familiar political figures, though Algerians do not trust official participation rates or vote counts in their country's tightly controlled elections. Thousands of Algerians showed their displeasure with the process in nationwide anti-election protests the night of Dec. 12 and throughout Dec. 13....

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