Polls for Algeria’s parliamentary election opened on Saturday with low turnout of voters despite President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s appeal for a high turnout.
Many Algerians are convinced real power is wielded by the army and security forces.
The ruling party, National Liberation Front (FLN) hopes the election will turn a page on the two years of political unrest the North African country has been experiencing.
Algeria’s political crisis began when former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s cronies announced on February 10, 2019 that he would run for a fifth term in office.
This brought about the “Hirak” protest movement in February 22, 2019 where millions of Algerians marched throughout the country every Friday to demand dismantlement of the regime and the establishment of a genuine civilian democratic system.
The movement led to the ousting of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 2019 and the fall of many other senior officials.
The ruling party, FLN publicly welcomed the Hirak movement, but authorities have also cracked down on the movement with arrests.
Polls are officially scheduled to close at 7pm GMT and results will be announced on Sunday.