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Algeria: Thousands Protest Against Upcoming Presidential Vote in Algiers

Thousands of people marched through the streets of the Algerian capital, Algiers on Tuesday to protest against the upcoming presidential election on December 12.

Demonstrators called for the poll to be cancelled as they want an election to take place only after the political system is reformed and officials from the previous administration are removed from office.

“We are out today to say no to the elections imposed by the regime, no to dictatorship, no to military rule and no to repression. We are tired of this regime, we want a real change. On the other hand, we want to keep our pacifism and move hand in hand, all united and in solidarity. We also want to make a general strike, we have to make a change for this country,” said Nassima, a student.

Algerians are set to head to polls on Thursday, following months of turmoil.

The protests began in February after 82-year-old then-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he would be running for a fifth term in office. While he dropped his bid and resigned in April, the demonstrations for a complete overhaul of the political system continued.

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