Algeria's ruling FLN, allies win majority after vote marked by apathy


  • World
  • Saturday, 06 May 2017

A journalist raises his hand to ask a question during a news conference with Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui (not pictured) after he announced the parliamentary election results (seen on the screen) in Algiers, Algeria May 5, 2017. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's ruling National Liberation Front party and allies won a majority in a parliamentary election overshadowed by questions over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's health and reforms to tackle the financial crunch from lower oil prices.

Government officials and party leaders worked hard to get voters out for an election seen by analysts as way of shoring up support for a system long dominated by the FLN. Bouteflika has been mostly absent from the public eye since a 2013 stroke.

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