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Former PM elected President of Algeria

 International Desk

 Published: 01:04 PM, 14 December 2019  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Algeria’s electoral body announced that former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune was the winner of Thursday’s Presidential election with 58% of the vote, according to preliminary results on Friday.

After that thousands of protesters have gathered on the streets of Algeria’s capital as he was declared the winner of Algeria’s Presidential election.

Authorities said that only 40% of voters took part in the election. But protesters say the contest between five officially sanctioned candidates to replace ousted leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was still an illegitimate sham.

The 74-year-old former Prime Minister took just over 58 percent of the vote, trouncing his four fellow contenders without the need for a runoff, according to preliminary results announced on Friday.

Abdelkader Bengrina came second with 17.38 percent. Former Prime Minister Ali Benflis was third with 10.55 percent while former Minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi came in fourth place with 7.26 percent. Abdelaziz Belaid, the head of el Moustakbal party obtained 6.66 percent.

Tebboune ran as an independent candidate. Algerian official news agency APS reported that he was born in Mecheria, Naama on 17 November 1945, over 600 km Southwest from Algiers.

The politician graduated from the National School of Administration and specialized in economy and finances and before becoming PM in May 2017, he had been the minister of Culture, Local Government, Housing and Urban Planning and acting minister of Commerce. Before that, he held positions in different provincial administrations.