Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika casts his ballot to vote in Algiers, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)
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Algerians voted Thursday for a new Parliament amid soaring unemployment and a financial crisis caused by a collapse in oil revenues.Some 45,000 police officers were deployed Thursday to guard the more than 53,000 polling stations across the country.Polling stations closed at 7 p.m. (18:00 GMT) and the first results are expected late Friday morning. Voters have shown little enthusiasm for the election. French-language daily El Watan spoke of "popular disinterest in this election," widely expected to maintain the dominance of the two pro-Bouteflika parties in parliament.Blida's cafes filled with men who sat discussing the election, but not all planned to vote.Since Algeria adopted a multi-party system in 1989, the opposition has repeatedly accused the ruling parties of electoral fraud.Experts say even that figure was inflated.
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