Algerian expats start voting in presidential polls

ALGIERS – More than one million Algerians living outside the North African country on Saturday started casting their ballots in Algeria's presidential elections.

According to the state-run Algerian radio, expatriate voters headed to polling stations in different countries from the early hours on Saturday.

Voting for expatriates is expected to last until Thursday.

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said earlier that his ministry has prepared 398 polling stations for the voting of estimated 1.9 million Algerians living outside the country.

The presidential elections are expected to start inside Algeria on April 17. Six candidates, including incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, will be contesting the top post in the country.

Copyright © 2014 Anadolu Agency