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Algerian presidential election, 2009

Algerian presidential election, 2009

9 April 2009

 
Nominee Abdelaziz Bouteflika Louisa Hanoune
Party FLN PT
Popular vote 12,911,705 604,258
Percentage 90.24% 4.22%

President before election

Abdelaziz Bouteflika
FLN

Elected President

Abdelaziz Bouteflika
FLN

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Algeria
Foreign relations

A presidential election was held in Algeria on 9 April 2009.

Removal of term limit

The Council of Ministers announced on 3 November 2008 that a planned constitutional revision would remove the two-term limit on the Presidency that was previously included in Article 74, thereby enabling President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a third term.[1] The People's National Assembly endorsed the removal of the term limit on 12 November 2008; only the Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD) voted against its removal.[2]

Candidates

Thirteen candidates had submitted papers to contest the election, but only six were approved:[3]

Although some urged former President Liamine Zéroual to run, he said in a published statement on 14 January 2009 that he would not, while also suggesting that it was not in the best interests of democracy for President Bouteflika to run for a third term.[4]

RCD President Saïd Sadi announced on 15 January 2009 that the RCD would not participate in the election, which he described as a "pathetic and dangerous circus", saying that to participate "would be tantamount to complicity in an operation of national humiliation".[2]

Bouteflika announced his independent candidacy for a third term at a rally in Algiers on 12 February 2009,[5] and he officially submitted his candidacy on 23 February, shortly before the deadline.[6]

Results

 Summary of the 9 April 2009 Algerian presidential election results
Candidates and parties votes %
Abdelaziz BouteflikaNational Liberation Front 12,911,705 90.24
Louisa HanouneWorkers' Party 604,258 4.22
Moussa TouatiAlgerian National Front 330,570 2.31
Djahid YounsiMovement for National Reform 176,674 1.37
Ali Fawzi RebaineAhd 54 133,129 0.93
Mohammed SaidParty of Justice and Liberty 132,242 0.92
Invalid votes 1,042,727 7.25
Total (turnout 74.54%) 15,351,305  
Source: presse-dz.com

The official turnout was disputed by the opposition, some claiming a turnout as low as 16%.[7] Informal US Embassy observations placed it at "25-30 percent at most."[8]

References

  1. ^ "Algérie: vers la suppression de la limitation des mandats présidentiels", AFP, 3 November 2008 (French).
  2. ^ a b "Algerian opposition pulls out of 'pathetic' presidential vote", AFP, 15 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Algerian poll contenders unveiled", BBC, 3 March 2009.
  4. ^ William Maclean, "Algeria ex-leader will not run for top job", Reuters (IOL), 14 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Bouteflika seeks third term in office", Reuters (IOL), 12 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Algerian president submits candidacy", AFP, 23 February 2009.
  7. ^ Rachad: 16 % was the real participation rate in the elections of 9 April 2009
  8. ^ Wikileaks: 09ALGIERS370

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