Algerian Leader Re-Elected with Strong Lead
The Algerian president was re-elected Thursday to his third term in office wit.h almost all of the countries votes, BBC reports.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika received nearly 91 percent of the vote beating out five other candidates, Al Jazeera reports.
His nearest rival, Louisa Hannoune, a Trotskyist candidate, only won 4 per cent of the votes.
Little opposition was expected for Bouteflika who lead in the polls Wednesday. His campaign was well funded and he faced relatively unknown candidates.
Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni said that 74 percent of the countries voter turned out for the election.
These results are contested by opposition parties in the country who criticize the election as a fraud.
The Front of Socialist Forces, an opposition party, have accused authorities of inflating turnout figures.
"There was a real tsunami of massive fraud which reached an industrial scale," the party said in a statement.
Zerhouni denies any allegations of manipulation or fraud.
He told the press that anyone with evidence of fraud was free to come forward.