Win for insider in presidential election sparks protests in Algeria
Newly-elected Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune. Photo: Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto via Getty Images
The announcement of Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a former prime minister, as the winner of Algeria's presidential election was met with protests on Friday, Al Jazeera reports.
Why it matters: Tebboune will be the country's first elected president since pro-democracy protesters ousted ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April. However, many Algerians consider this election a sham since all five presidential candidates had ties to the Bouteflika and the ruling elite.
- Tebboune served as prime minister in 2017 under Bouteflika and is a known army loyalist.
- Protesters called for a boycott of the vote which led to a turnout of just 41%. Tebboune won 58.15% of the votes cast.