Algerian voters shun referendum aimed at easing the political unrest in the country

The constitutional referendum that took place on November 1 witnessed participation of less than 1 in 4 Algerian voters. The move came despite government’s efforts to encourage high turnout as its strategy to ease the political unrest in the country that has been there since last year.

Sunday’s turnout was recorded at only 23.7 per cent, said the election body. “There is no point in voting. This constitution will not change anything,” said 30-year-old bus driver Hassan Rabia.

As a sign that the government has addressed the causes of public anger that prompted mass weekly protests for more than a year, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and the powerful military had presented the new constitution of the country.

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