(ALGIERS, Algeria.) JUST IN: Algerians are going to the polls to vote for a new president, eight months after protests forced long-time leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign in April but gangs across the country are terrorising people NOT TO VOTE for ANYONE other than the ousted corrupt President #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.12: But massive anti-government demonstrations are continuing despite his removal from power, and could threaten the polls.

Why are people unhappy?

For close to a year, thousands of Algerians have protested every Friday in the capital, Algiers, and other cities across the country against any elections under the current government: They want all officials associated with the regime of ousted President Bouteflika to be removed from office, including interim President Abdelkader Bensalah and Prime Minister Nouredine Bedoui.

” No election with the gangs”, “they must all be removed” protesters have chanted week after week, referring to the politicians and businessmen in the inner circle of the ousted president who they see as corrupt “

They say new faces must be brought in to organise “real elections” in a country where the winner of presidential elections has always been easy to guess: Any election under the current government would be seen as a mere resuscitation of the old regime protesters have been fighting against.

Many protesters say Mr Bensalah and Mr Bedoui cannot be trusted to secure a free and transparent election because they have benefitted from former President Bouteflika’s rule: But army chief General Ahamed Gaid Salah, the country’s de facto leader insisted that the election go ahead if Algeria is to avoid “chaos”.

Despite clampdowns by the authorities, anti-election protests have taken hold across the country, making it difficult for candidates to engage with voters in the streets or in open-air rallies: Skirmishes between campaigners and anti-election protesters have marred electoral campaigns in some cities.

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