Digital Desk, Algiers. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said local elections would pave the way for modern Algeria. He said after casting his vote in the capital Algiers on Saturday, according to a brief statement to local media, that elections are the last weapon in the process of building a modern state. For now we will tackle the economic challenges with democracy, freedom and legitimate institutions chosen by the people. Local elections in Algeria began on Saturday as some 23 million Algerians are expected to elect their representatives in 1,541 municipal and 58 prefecture assemblies, Xinhua news agency reported.
The election is the last step in the process of renewing state institutions since Abdelmadjid Tebboune came to power in late 2019 to replace the late Abdelaziz Boutefilka, who was forced to step down after a popular movement for change. The renewal process began with a popular referendum on a new constitution in November 2020 and parliamentary elections were held in June this year. According to data provided by the National Independent Authority for Elections. More than 15,000 candidates are in the fray for the elections.