Algeria's unwanted presidential election

Algerians wave a national flag from a balcony as they watch anti-government demonstrators march in the capital Algiers on December 6, 2019, ahead of the presidential vote scheduled for December 12. PHOTO | RYAD KRAMDI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • While no opinion polls have been published, observers expect high levels of abstention, in keeping with previous elections in a political system seen by voters as rigid and unaccountable.
  • Overseas polling booths for expat Algerians opened Saturday, but have been almost empty -- the few who do cast their ballots often facing a barrage of insults from protesters.
  • A previous poll set for July 4 was abandoned for lack of viable candidates and interim President Abdelkader Bensalah's term technically ended five months ago.

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