Algeria elects new prez
ALGIERS, Dec 13: Algeria's new president faces the country's biggest political crisis in decades, a hostile economic climate and attacks on his legitimacy after winning an election with low turnout opposed by a massive protest movement.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune, 74, beat the other four candidates - all also former senior officials - to win the race outright with 58% of the vote, ensuring there will be no second round.
The authorities hope the election of a new leader will end months of turmoil following the toppling of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose 20-year-rule was brought to an end in April when the army pulled its support after mass demonstrations.
But protesters have dismissed the entire election as a ploy by Algeria's shadowy, military-backed authorities to quell the months-long uprising and restore the old political order.
As housing minister, Tebboune was responsible for building the tallest mosque in the world, a project the government pushed as a national symbol. -AFP