Since last Saturday the voting operations are already underway abroad, where the Algerian diaspora is called to elect the future president after the departure of the 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika, forced to resign last April after a 20-year reign . Nomadic populations in the Algerian territory also voted.
Five candidates are in the running: with the exception of one, former MP Abdelaziz Belaid, leader of the El Moustakbel Front, the other four would-be presidents are all former ministers of Bouteflika.
Whoever wins must fight to be accepted by the electorate of the North African country, where he has been protesting for 10 months against a regime supported by the army and deemed corrupt and incapable of managing the economy. Almost 24.5 million voters are called to the polls for the first round of the Algerian presidential elections, including almost 915 thousand abroad. Over 501,000 people in charge of monitoring the correct conduct of the vote, which will take place in more than 61,000 seats. The polls close at 7pm, Italian time, and the results will not be announced before tomorrow.
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