May 5, 2017

Votes counted in Algeria parliamentary elections

Votes are being counted in parliamentary elections in Algeria. The ruling National Liberation Front is expected to retain its majority despite deep economic problems and uncertainty over the health of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The 80-year-old leader voted from a wheelchair in Algiers, in a rare public appearance since a 2013 stroke. Observers say there is little sign of enthusiasm among voters. More than 23m people were eligible to vote for 11,334 candidates from 50 different political parties, including opposition Islamist alliances, in Thursday's elections.

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