İrem UZUN -TDO- Thousands of protesters have gathered on the streets of Algeria's capital after former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune was declared the winner of Algeria's presidential election. Tebboune secured 58% of the vote, enough to prevent a second round. Turnout was just 40%, the electoral body's head said in a televised news conference in Algiers.
The election had been opposed by a large protest movement that wanted the ballot put off until the entire ruling elite steps down and the military quits politics. The five presidential candidates, approved by the state, were former prime ministers Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Ali Benflis, ex-culture minister Azzedddine Mihoubi, former tourism minister Abdelkader Bengrine, and Abdelaziz Belaid, a party leader. All are familiar faces regarded by the protesters as part of a group that has held power since the country won independence from France in 1962.
In the wake of months of demonstrations, two former prime ministers and other senior political figures were jailed for corruption, in an apparent attempt to calm protests. However, the capital Algiers was rocked by student protesters this week, chanting "we will not vote" and "we want freedom".