- Title: ALGERIA: VOTE COUNTING FOLLOWING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
- Date: 16th November 1995
- Summary: ALGIERS, ALGERIA (NOVEMBER 16, 1995) (RTV-ACCESS ALL) 1. SLV/ZOOM BALLOT BOX EMPTIED ONTO TABLE (2 SHOTS) 0.14 2. SV OBSERVERS/ VOTING PAPERS BEING COUNTED AND SORTED/ CU OFFICIAL (3 SHOTS) 0.31 3. CU OFFICIAL PREPARING BLACKBOARD TO COUNT VOTES 0.39 4. SV PILES OF VOTING PAPERS ON TABLE (3 SHOTS) 0.51 5. SV/VARIOUS OFFICIAL READING OUT VOTES FOR INCUMBENT PRESIDENT LIAMINE ZEROUAL (3 SHOTS) 1.13 6. SV/VARIOUS VOTING PAPERS SHOWING CANDIDATES PHOTOGRAPHS ON FRONT/ OFFICIAL WRITING OUT VOTES ON BLACKBOARD (5 SHOTS) 2.03 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: ALGIERS, ALGERIA
- Country: Algeria
- Reuters ID: LVA39D3H3YBF3G6TCGU5LSL9WE9W
- Story Text: Former general Liamine Zeroual looked set to return to power as Algeria's elected president as provisional results on Friday (November 17) showed him heading for outright first round victory.
Officials said nearly 12 million voters, defying death threats from Moslem rebels and casting their ballots amid massive security, had put Zeroual ahead of his three rivals in most of the 48 provinces with about 58 per cent of the poll.
Logistical problems had delayed announcement of the official results, the Interior Ministery said, but added that the results would be announced by 1100 or 1200 GMT on Friday.
The ministry said the turnout in Thursday's election was 74.92 per cent of the 16 million voters, a figure quickly disputed by the outlawed Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) which had called for a boycott.
The election was the first in the North African country since parliamentary polls dominated by FIS candidates were scrapped in 1992, unleashing political violence in which an estimated 50,000 people have died.
Armed Moslem groups, who have carried out killings and car bombings, had told voters the ballot boxes would become their coffins. But the deployment of thousands of troops and police appeared to have prevented any serious incident.
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