The incumbent head of state of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika , has won the presidential election for the 3rd term on Thursday by securing an overwhelming 90.24% of the cast votes, according to the Interior Minister of the country.”Abdelaziz Bouteflika won 12,911,707 votes” or “90.24% of the votes cast,” said Interior Minister Yazid Zerhouni during a press conference.
Louisa Hanoune, president of the Workers’ Party came in second with 4.22% of the votes, he added.
Moussa Touati, president of the Algerian National Front (FNA) got 2.31%, Djahid Younsi(El Islah Islamist moderate) 1.37%, Ali Fawzi Rebaïne (AHD-54, nationalist) 0.93 % and Mohamed Said (Party of Justice and Freedom, PJL, Islamic moderate) 0.92% of votes, according to the Interior minister.
Candidates have, however, reported the elections results as fraudulent to foreign reporters. Mohamed Said Moussa Touati, who denounced the rate of participation as “exaggerated,” while the campaign manager of Mr. Younsi, Djamel Benabdeslam spoke of the official number of 74% participation as “inflated”. The opposition has evaluated the rate between 18 and 25%.
Mr. Bouteflika, came to power in 1999 through an election winning 74% of votes that all other candidates withdrew at the last minute citing fraud concerns.
Mr. Bouteflika has raised during his campaign the possiblity of a referendum on a “possible” general amnesty for the Islamists of Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQMI).
This amnesty, would be a continuation of the national reconciliation policy implemented in 2000, that has enabled thousands of Islamist militants to surrender after a decade of violence that has claimed at least 150,000 lives.

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