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Voters in Algeria Skeptical

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By Sandra Liebermann
Posted May 11, 2012 in Politics
Yesterday, the algerian people were encouraged to go vote for the parliamentary elections.
While president Bouteflika has remained busy promising new reforms and warning of the foreign powers that might invade Algeria, the Islamist parties plan to gain a satisfying number of seats. According to the SF Chronicle, no party is expected to dominate the parliament.
The government had predicted a 45% turnout, but the signs show a much higher rate. For Algerians, those elections are meaningless: Just like a lot of African countries, Algeria is wealthy (hydrocarbon) but the profits do not benefit the population. What's the point of voting when it's the political system that fails the people?
Source: SF Chronicle

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