Algeria elections 2014 Abdelaziz Bouteflika

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Algeria - After the elections
Photos: Bruno Zanzottera
Elections in Algeria recently confirmed for the fourth time Abdelaziz Bouteflika as president with more than 80 percent of the preferences. Now 77 and with serious health problems, Bouteflika is supported by the establishment of the FLN (National Liberation Front), which is in power since the end of the Algerian liberation war. The opposition, practically beheaded after the 1992 ban of the FIS (Islamic Front), denounced fraud. However, the real winner was abstensionism, which reached 50 percent. After the years of ‘terror’ which opposed the FLN to Islamic fundamentalism, Algeria seems to have escaped the upheavals of the Arab revolutions, and Algerians do not seem very interested in politics. Today people are trying their best to forget the cruelties perpetrated in a deadly struggle for power, while they concentrate on the practical problems of everyday family life, though in the major cities artistic and cultural ,ovements are growing in the tradition of a secular and tolerant Islam.
Algeria elections 2014 Abdelaziz Bouteflika
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