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Algeria set for a bitterly contested election. What is at stake?

Algiers: Algerians are due to elect a new president on Thursday but a huge protest movement bitterly rejects the vote, fearing it will cement in power politicians close to the disgraced old guard. Candidates have been loudly heckled during rare and low-key campaign events and their posters graffitied. Demonstrators demand election be cancelled. Image Credit: Reuters For nine months protesters have marched weekly to demand that the December 12 election not entrench a political elite linked to former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who quit in April when confronted by a wave of people power. Now the public rejection of the looming election threatens to worsen already deep divisions in the...

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