Algeria kicks off presidential campaign
(17 Nov 2019) Algeria’s presidential campaign officially kicked off on Sunday with five candidates vying to replace the country’s long time leader, who was pushed out in April amid sustained protests.
Two former prime ministers, Ali Benflis and Abdelmadjid Tebboune, are among those running in the December 12 election to succeed former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Large crowds took to the streets on Friday for a 39th consecutive week to demand an end to Algeria's post-colonial political system.
Protesters say they don't trust those currently in power to ensure democratic elections, citing their past links to Bouteflika.
Benflis and Tebboune are considered the favourites of the vote.
In some neighbourhoods of Algiers, protesters have hung black trash bags on billboards featuring the candidates’ portraits, often sprayed with the words “election of shame” and “traitors.”
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