Ex-PM emerges Algerian President


Former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been elected Algeria’s new president in a vote rejected by protesters.

He replaces Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was forced to resign in April after two decades in power.

According to the head of the electoral commission, Tebboune polled 58% of the votes in Thursday’s election, making a second round unnecessary.

The 74-year-old rose from a long career as a civil servant to become prime minister in 2017 but lasted just seven months after falling out with influential businessmen. He also served as housing minister and information minister.

However, anti-government rallies have continued across the country as protesters criticize Tebboune and the four other candidates for being closely linked with the rule of Mr Bouteflika.

On Thursday, thousands of people took to the streets of the capital, Algiers to protest against the election, demanding the sweeping away of the entire political establishment.

They want all officials associated with the regime of ousted President Bouteflika. including interim President Abdelkader Bensalah and Prime Minister Nouredine Bedoui, to be removed from office.

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