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Algeria Elects its New President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in a Controversial Election

  • Algeria has elected former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune as their new President in the controversial election, which saw huge protests along with a boycott call. 5 candidates having links to the regime of the former longtime ruler Abdelaziz Bouteflika squared off. On Friday, the Algerian authorities announced that Abdelmadjid Tebboune received 58.15% of the votes, thereby doing away with the need for a runoff. During Tebboune’s 4-months stint as PM, he was also Minister of Housing and Minister of Communication. Reports say that the newly elected President has close ties with Algeria's military chief Gaid Salah.