Vote counting underway in Algeria

ALGIERS – Presidential election vote counting started at polling stations across Algeria late on Thursday, a short time after the stations stopped receiving voters and closed down their doors at 7:00 pm.

Vote counting in 590 municipalities where voting was extended for one more hour upon requests from local officials also started, according to Anadolu Agency reporters.

Algerians headed to the polls since the early hours of Thursday to vote in the elections, in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika – along with five other candidates – were vying for the country's highest office. 

Nearly 23 million Algerians were eligible to vote in the polls, monitored by more than 300 foreign observers from the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the African Union and the United Nations.

Bouteflika is widely expected to win a fourth term as president.

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