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A man draped in an Algerian national flag walks towards security forces as they surround protesters staging an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on 12 December 2019 on the day of the presidential election. Picture: AFP

Abdelaziz bouteflika

Algerian protesters rally as election goes ahead

The military-backed government sees the vote as the only way to end 10 months of unrest that brought down veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April. The demonstrators say no vote to replace him can be legitimate while the old guard still holds sway.