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Protest movement likely to shun Algeria's controversial election

Opposition says this week’s poll cannot be seen as free or fair with ruling elite still in power

Millions of Algerians are to vote for a new president in a controversial poll likely to be shunned by the country’s mass protest movement, paving the way for future instability.

The Hirak opposition movement, which emerged this year from weekly demonstrations against the former French colony’s political establishment, has said the poll cannot be considered free or fair while the ruling elite, including the military, stay in power.

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