Algeria says local elections had 44 percent voter turnout
ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria on Friday declared a 44.27 percent turnout in municipal elections and a government minister said the ruling party had been victorious.
Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia, reading the results of Thursday's vote at a news conference, said the outcome was in line with expectations. "The results were foreseeable," he said.
The government had said it wanted to achieve a turnout of 40-45 percent.
The North African state was hoping to strengthen the credibility of a political system that has survived the wave of Arab Spring uprisings without major protests but has failed to meet popular hopes for reform.
(Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; editing by Andrew Roche)
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