Boycotts, brutality and binned votes: Algeria's election didn't go as planned
Despite the objections of hundreds of thousands of protesters, Algeria on Thursday elected a new president amid chaotic scenes of police brutality, vandalised polling stations and a mass boycott.
Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who served as prime minister under deposed president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, won with 58 percent of the vote, according to the electoral body.
Swathes of the population boycotted the election, which they deemed to be a charade to keep the ruling elite in power. The poll had the lowest turnout - 20 percent - in Algeria’s history.
Many Algerians took to the streets and were met with a violent backlash from police.
Translation: The police today used violence against women and children. A barbaric act. Which leads to many questions about the psychological state of these police officers. Do they have mothers and sisters? Do they have honour? Are they human beings?
Translation: That's the situation a few minutes later. Very violent charge that causes crowding and panic. The anti-voting protesters come back each time shouting "ya 3assima nodhi" (Capital [Algiers] rise up) #Alger #Algerie
Some took matters into their own hands, destroying polling stations and scattering ballot papers.
Translation: Stopping the elections in Bejaia
Translation: Polling station Larbi Tbessi in Bouira city, currently
Others decided to cast votes into less traditional kinds of ballot boxes. One group showed its disdain for the vote by posting ballots straight into the bin, while elsewhere Algerians ran their own election and chose "the people" as president.
Translation: 12 December: Yes, the people said it out loud today, "No to gang elections" ... "The people are the president."
One person even went as far as to cast their vote for a popular K-Pop star.
The Algerian vote fell on the same day as the UK general election, where Conservative Boris Johnson triumphed to retain the premiership. The strategy in the two countries could not have been more different:
Despite the contrasting approaches, some British Algerians were left lamenting the outcome of both polls.