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Algeria Rejects Elected President



Algeria new president Abdelmadjid Tebboune

The new presidential leadership hasn’t gone well still with Algerians who continue to take to the streets, protesting the turnout and the resulting selection of the 74-year-old Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

Tebboune was elected after he defeated four other candidates, all former senior officials. According to officials, the election holds good and legitimate as 40 percent voters cast their vote to select nation’s representative. But protesters have dismissed the entire election terming it as a ‘ploy’. Apparently, Algeria’s government has the military-backed muscle power that has messed the governing system of Algeria which has led to a prolonged state of corrupt governance. Protestors feel this is a shoddy attempt to quell the months-long uprising and restore the old political order.

Algerians took to streets last year as they protested against the cabinet, due to which the 20-year monarchy of Abdelaziz Bouteflika ended. This was followed by consistent protest and demand for a more fair and balanced representation minus the ruling elite.

The current man who takes guard has been a housing minister. Tebboune was responsible for building the tallest mosque in the world, a project the government pushed as a national symbol, and for expanding the state’s generous program of low-cost homes with a million new apartments.

Political analysts feel Tebboune has a huge task at his hand, as the civilian population has lost complete trust in the previous lot of leadership and is not willing to reinstate anyone from the previous lot.  His background proves his non-credibility, which he has tried to hide in the pretense of being earnest about separating money from politics.

Algerian economy has been suffering due to the exploitation of its energy resources. The country’s economy thrives on its energy exports which are the source of 95 percent of state revenue.  It is confirmed that their exports fell 12.5 percent this year. The government has burned through more than half its foreign reserves since energy prices began dropping in 2014 and has approved a 9 percent cut in public spending next year while keeping politically sensitive subsidies untouched.

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