President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was re-elected in a landslide, the Algerian Interior Ministry said Friday, and his former prime minister finished a distant second.
The 67-year-old won a second term Thursday with 83 percent of the vote, said Friday Interior Minister, Nourredine Zerhouni.
Former Prime Minister Ali Benflis won only 8 percent of the vote, according to the official results. Through a spokesman, he immediately denounced the election as fraudulent, The AP reported.
But Zerhouni insisted the election was clean, and said candidates had representatives at all polling stations to ensure a free and fair vote. (Albawaba.com)
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