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Algeria: local elections to seal the post-Bouteflika “change”


After having voted, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune called these ballots final step in building a modern state, promising to build an economically strong state as part of democracy and citizens’ freedom.

The counting of the ballots began in the country, just after the closing of the polling stations at 8 p.m. However, it will take several days before knowing the results of the polls, according to the Independent National Election Authority (ANIE).

% for municipal elections, so 8517919 voters voted “,” text “:” The turnout was 35.97% for the municipal elections, so 8,517,919 voters voted “}}”>The turnout was 35.97% for the municipal elections, so 8,517,919 voters voted, announced the president of theANIE, Mohamed Charfi, adding that for the departmental, there was145226 voters, which makes a rate of 34.39% “,” text “:” 8145226 voters, which makes a rate of 34.39% “}}”>8,145,226 voters, which makes a rate of 34.39%.

With more than 8 million voters out of 23 million registered, attendance reached on average 35%, 12 points more than the last ballot, the legislative elections in June, where abstention was record.

A man takes a ballot in the Algerian local elections.

A total of 115,230 candidates were in the running in the 1,541 municipalities.

Photo: Getty Images / RYAD KRAMDI

The three weeks of campaigning had been lackluster, with candidates not very active in convincing voters, apart from posters and a few rallies.

In total, 115,230 candidates were in the running in the 1,541 municipalities, and they were 18,910 postulants to compete for the departmental seats in 58 prefectures. Women only represented 15% of all applicants.

“Do you want the change? Institutional building? Sign and put your mark ”: that was the official slogan of the double ballot.

A slogan criticized by political scientist Mohamed Hennad, who would have preferred a debate on the values ​​of citizenship. For this former professor of political science, power is stubborn to impose his will despite the dishonorable results recorded in previous elections.

Third election under Tebboune

This was the third election of the presidency of Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who pledged to reform all the institutions inherited from the 20-year reign of Abdelaziz Bouteflika (1999-2019).

Very weakened by a stroke from 2013, Mr. Bouteflika still ran for a fourth term in 2014 and tried to obtain a fifth in 2019. He was forced to resign in April 2019 under pressure from the movement’s demonstrations. Hirak pro-democracy and the army. He died on September 17, 2021.

On July 5, Independence Day, Mr. Tebboune, elected in December 2019 with 58% of the vote and a participation rate of 40%, assured to register his action in the wake of a Authentic blessed hirak.

In a first ballot, he had constitutional amendments adopted in a referendum on November 1, 2020, approved by only 23.7% of voters.

Second stage: the early legislative elections of June 12, also marked by a historic abstention with 23% participation rate.

On the eve of Saturday’s vote, Mr. Tebboune called on citizens to participate with force. If the people want change, it is high time they made it happen., he had launched.

Among the voters polled by theAFP in Algiers, Yacine, a 55-year-old teacher, criticized the outgoing team for not having nothing done for his municipality. I vote against the list of the current mayor even if I have no illusions about the other candidates.

As a young executive in a multinational, Sofiane intended to bring his contribution to city affairs, considering local elections as the most important.

Omar, a 33-year-old engineer, did not come to vote because it won’t change anything. Whoever the mayor is, it will be the same.

In Kabylia, an increase in participation was expected, after the boycott of previous polls by this region.

The Front des forces socialistes (FFS, the oldest opposition party) presented candidates there, as well as in Algiers and other prefectures. Its rival, the RCD (Rally for Culture and Democracy), of which Kabylia is also the stronghold, boycotted the ballot, but former party leaders presented themselves as independents.

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