Algeria hosted an election Dec. 12, but many were in opposition to the vote. That's because protesters see the election as a civilian facade for a military junta, says Zine Labidine Ghebouli, a scholar at the American University of Beirut.
Algerians who are interested in their current election — and there aren't many, really — were greeted with a surreal scene of their little seen president being wheeled into a voting booth to cast a ballot for his own re-election. Slowly, Algerians are trying to bring change to a country that's been ruled by the same many for almost 15 years.
Algeria was seen as one of the North African countries likely to follow Tunisia on the path to democratization. But as Assia Boundaoui reports, Algerians are tired of fighting, and are willing to settle for minor freedoms rather than full democracy.
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