Abdelmadjid Tebboune attends a forum at the headquarters of Al Hiwar newspaper in the capital Algiers. File / AFP
Former prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune has won Algeria's widely unpopular presidential election without the need for a second-round runoff, the electoral commission said on Friday.
Tebboune, 74, took 58.15 per cent of the vote, trouncing his four fellow contenders, commission chairman Mohamed Charfi announced.
Like him, they all served under the two-decade rule of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned in the face of mass protests in April.
Protesters have stayed on the streets ever since, including on polling day, demanding the total dismantling of the system that has ruled Algeria since independence from France in 1962.
It will now fall to Tebboune to try to restore stability, but he will first have to win over the millions who boycotted Thursday's vote, which saw the lowest turnout for a multi-party election since independence.
Algeria’s army chief called on Wednesday for dialogue between protesters and state institutions, a day after pushing back against demonstrators’ demands for top politicians to quit.
Hundreds of Algerians rallied on Wednesday outside the offices of the country’s biggest union, calling for its chief to quit over his ties to ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
A deadline to register for Algeria's controversial presidential election has passed without a single candidate putting themselves forward, national radio said on Sunday.
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