Ex-PM Tebboune wins Algeria presidential election – organisers

Supporters of presidential candidate Abdelmadjid Tebboune celebrate his victory in Algeria's presidential election in Algiers on December 13, 2019. / AFP / RYAD KRAMDI

Protesters have demanded the total dismantling of the system that has ruled the country since independence from France in 1962.

Former prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune has won Algeria’s widely unpopular presidential election without the need for a second-round runoff, the electoral commission said Friday.

Tebboune, 74, took 58.15% of the vote, trouncing his four fellow contenders, commission chairperson Mohamed Charfi announced.

Like him, they all served under the two-decade rule of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned in the face of mass protests in April.

Protesters have stayed on the streets ever since, including on polling day, demanding the total dismantling of the system that has ruled Algeria since independence from France in 1962.

It will now fall to Tebboune to try to restore stability, but he will first have to win over the millions who boycotted Thursday’s vote, which saw the lowest turnout for a multi-party election since independence.

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