Former prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune has won Algeria’s widely unpopular presidential election without the need for a second-round runoff, the electoral commission said Friday.
Tebboune, 74, took 58.15 percent of the vote, trouncing his four fellow contenders, commission chairman Mohamed Charfi announced.
Like him, they all served under the two-decade rule of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned in the face of mass protests in April.
It will now fall to Tebboune to try to restore stability, but he will first have to win over the millions who boycotted Thursday’s vote, which saw the lowest turno
ut for a multi-party election since independence.