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Algeria's election campaign
The road to parliamentary elections has been marked with as much dissatisfaction as the current polls.
Last Modified: 10 May 2012 19:49

Algeria held its first polls since the Arab Spring revolutions in neighbouring countries, amid deep voter disaffection.

The ruling party was still confident of victory and its Islamist allies still hoped for a strong showing.

As it does for every vote, the state television launched its live election day coverage with footage of voters pouring into a polling station as soon as the doors opened and jostling to be the first to cast their ballot.

The top three parties contending the elections are already enjoy governing status as a coalition, leaving turnout as the only significant figure to watch.

Many polling stations in Algiers seemed largely deserted and the overwhelming majority of voters were elderly but the state reported the highest turnout in the vast country's most inaccessible desert regions.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was a minister in Algeria's first independent government in 1962, has said the polls should mark the rise of a new generation.


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Algerian authorities say they have heeded calls for change after last year's Arab uprisings in nearby countries and will ensure the May 10 parliamentary election is truly democratic


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Ahmed Ouyahia, prime minister of Algeria and leader of Rally for National Democracy (RND), addressed a parliamentary election campaign rally in Algiers, a few days earlier


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Politicians campaigning for election were met with widespread voter apathy, with the expected turnout at around 35 per cent


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The political alliance between three officially-sanctioned Islamist movements, going under the umbrella of the Green Alliance, is expected to score a strong showing, although critics point to the parties' history as allies of the ruling National Liberation Front


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Supporters of Front for Justice and Development made way for the arrival of their leader Sheikh Abdallah Djaballah before the party's final parliamentary election campaign rally in Algiers a few days earlier


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A month ago, policemen were called in to stand guard as graduates who work temporary jobs in the public sector protested against the government


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The graduates were among thousands who were placed by the state in low-paid temporary public sector jobs until they could be allocated long-term posts. They said they would boycott the parliamentary election unless they are moved to permanent roles


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A supporter of the Islamist party Front for Justice and Development shouts during the party's final parliamentary election campaign rally in Algiers


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Ali Laskri, Secretary General of the Socialist Forces Front (FFS) party, rallied in Tizi Ouzou, some 100km east of the capital Algiers in April


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Supporters of the Socialist Forces Front (FFS) party attend the rally in Tizi Ouzou. Algeria launched the campaign for a parliamentary election that the ruling elite, in power for 50 years, hoped would soak up the pressure for change that has been building since the "Arab Spring" revolts


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Leader Abdelaziz Belkhadem, pictured in the flyers held by supporters of his party, the National Liberation Front (FLN) party heads a 136 seats in the outgoing assembly


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Just days earlier, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) and Mohamed Cherif Abbas, Algeria's Minister of Moujahidine, also war veterans, prayed at the commemoration of the Algerian war of independence during May 1945, in Setif


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More than 48,000 polling stations opened on Thursday at 8am local time, many under tight police surveillance but the country's youth looked set to abstain en masse


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Many Algerians, including those living in shantytowns, don't see how the election will affect their day-to-day preoccupations around unemployment, periodic shortages of goods, poor housing and high prices



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Algerian authorities say they have heeded calls for change after last year's Arab uprisings in nearby countries and will ensure the May 10 parliamentary election is truly democratic

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Algerian authorities say they have heeded calls for change after last year's Arab uprisings in nearby countries and will ensure the May 10 parliamentary election is truly democratic

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Ahmed Ouyahia, prime minister of Algeria and leader of Rally for National Democracy (RND), addressed a parliamentary election campaign rally in Algiers, a few days earlier

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Ahmed Ouyahia, prime minister of Algeria and leader of Rally for National Democracy (RND), addressed a parliamentary election campaign rally in Algiers, a few days earlier

Algerian election campaign
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Politicians campaigning for election were met with widespread voter apathy, with the expected turnout at around 35 per cent

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Politicians campaigning for election were met with widespread voter apathy, with the expected turnout at around 35 per cent

Algerian election campaign
Algerian election campaignhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=0eXsec8d0q9LV

The political alliance between three officially-sanctioned Islamist movements, going under the umbrella of the Green Alliance, is expected to score a strong showing, although critics point to the parties' history as allies of the ruling National Liberation Front

Wed, 09 May 2012 17:05:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=0eXsec8d0q9LVREUTERSREUTERSAl Jazeera Upload Images

The political alliance between three officially-sanctioned Islamist movements, going under the umbrella of the Green Alliance, is expected to score a strong showing, although critics point to the parties' history as allies of the ruling National Liberation Front

Algerian election campaign
Algerian election campaignhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=0fCW8rq0Ec5Ko

Supporters of Front for Justice and Development made way for the arrival of their leader Sheikh Abdallah Djaballah before the party's final parliamentary election campaign rally in Algiers a few days earlier

Wed, 09 May 2012 17:04:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=0fCW8rq0Ec5KoREUTERSREUTERSAl Jazeera Upload Images

Supporters of Front for Justice and Development made way for the arrival of their leader Sheikh Abdallah Djaballah before the party's final parliamentary election campaign rally in Algiers a few days earlier

Algerian election campaign
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A month ago, policemen were called in to stand guard as graduates who work temporary jobs in the public sector protested against the government

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A month ago, policemen were called in to stand guard as graduates who work temporary jobs in the public sector protested against the government

Algerian election campaign
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The graduates were among thousands who were placed by the state in low-paid temporary public sector jobs until they could be allocated long-term posts. They said they would boycott the parliamentary election unless they are moved to permanent roles

Wed, 09 May 2012 17:04:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=0cAwb2NeUR76UREUTERSREUTERSAl Jazeera Upload Images

The graduates were among thousands who were placed by the state in low-paid temporary public sector jobs until they could be allocated long-term posts. They said they would boycott the parliamentary election unless they are moved to permanent roles

Algerian election campaign
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A supporter of the Islamist party Front for Justice and Development shouts during the party's final parliamentary election campaign rally in Algiers

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A supporter of the Islamist party Front for Justice and Development shouts during the party's final parliamentary election campaign rally in Algiers

Algerian election campaign
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Ali Laskri, Secretary General of the Socialist Forces Front (FFS) party, rallied in Tizi Ouzou, some 100km east of the capital Algiers in April

Wed, 09 May 2012 17:04:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=01WceNe4yk8TqREUTERSREUTERSAl Jazeera Upload Images

Ali Laskri, Secretary General of the Socialist Forces Front (FFS) party, rallied in Tizi Ouzou, some 100km east of the capital Algiers in April

Algerian election campaign
Algerian election campaignhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=0f6t68A5qSgkP

Supporters of the Socialist Forces Front (FFS) party attend the rally in Tizi Ouzou. Algeria launched the campaign for a parliamentary election that the ruling elite, in power for 50 years, hoped would soak up the pressure for change that has been building since the "Arab Spring" revolts

Wed, 09 May 2012 17:03:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=0f6t68A5qSgkPREUTERSREUTERSAl Jazeera Upload Images

Supporters of the Socialist Forces Front (FFS) party attend the rally in Tizi Ouzou. Algeria launched the campaign for a parliamentary election that the ruling elite, in power for 50 years, hoped would soak up the pressure for change that has been building since the "Arab Spring" revolts

Algerian election campaign
Algerian election campaignhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=05SL35Zgfy4yX

Leader Abdelaziz Belkhadem, pictured in the flyers held by supporters of his party, the National Liberation Front (FLN) party heads a 136 seats in the outgoing assembly

Wed, 09 May 2012 17:04:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=05SL35Zgfy4yXREUTERSREUTERSAl Jazeera Upload Images

Leader Abdelaziz Belkhadem, pictured in the flyers held by supporters of his party, the National Liberation Front (FLN) party heads a 136 seats in the outgoing assembly

Algerian election campaign
Algerian election campaignhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=0cnR5Cs2kmaNJ

Just days earlier, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) and Mohamed Cherif Abbas, Algeria's Minister of Moujahidine, also war veterans, prayed at the commemoration of the Algerian war of independence during May 1945, in Setif

Wed, 09 May 2012 17:03:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=0cnR5Cs2kmaNJREUTERSREUTERSAl Jazeera Upload Images

Just days earlier, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) and Mohamed Cherif Abbas, Algeria's Minister of Moujahidine, also war veterans, prayed at the commemoration of the Algerian war of independence during May 1945, in Setif

Algerian election campaign
Algerian election campaignhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=0flN0lK536cGk

More than 48,000 polling stations opened on Thursday at 8am local time, many under tight police surveillance but the country's youth looked set to abstain en masse

Wed, 09 May 2012 17:03:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=0flN0lK536cGkAl Jazeera Upload Images

More than 48,000 polling stations opened on Thursday at 8am local time, many under tight police surveillance but the country's youth looked set to abstain en masse

Algerian election campaign
Algerian election campaignhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=01lB2praBRbUA

Many Algerians, including those living in shantytowns, don't see how the election will affect their day-to-day preoccupations around unemployment, periodic shortages of goods, poor housing and high prices

Wed, 09 May 2012 17:03:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1336588503170?image_id=01lB2praBRbUAREUTERSREUTERSAl Jazeera Upload Images

Many Algerians, including those living in shantytowns, don't see how the election will affect their day-to-day preoccupations around unemployment, periodic shortages of goods, poor housing and high prices

Algerian election campaign


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