Publié le jeu 24 Avr 2014

Leaders in numbers: 50 years of presidential elections

Vendredi 18 avril 2014
The highest scoring presidents of Algeria.
Since 1963, presidents running for elections have scored an average of 89.06% of votes. Who’s had the highest score? Who the lowest? Here’s our infographic.
What is the average score of a president in Algeria? 89.06% according to an analysis of all presidential elections since 1963, the date of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria’s first Constitution, the year in which the first direct elections by universal suffrage were organised. That year, the only running candidate was Ahmed Ben Bella. He triumphed with 99.60% of votes. To this day, he remains the highest-scoring president in Algerian history.
A unique candidate was also a tradition until 1988. Thus, Houari Boumediene was the only candidate running in 1976, just like his successor Chadli Bendjedid who faced no rival when he ran in 1979, 1984 and 1988. In this regard, 1995 was a historical date as it saw four candidates running for election, among whom Liamine Zeroual. He remains the lowest-scoring president of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria with 61.34% of votes.
Pluralism was maintained in the following elections, that is, formally speaking: in 1999, seven candidates ran for presidency. Six withdrew before the first turn. Abdelaziz Bouteflika was then elected with 73.5% of votes. In 2004, the incumbent president outperformed his five competitors and collected 84.99% of votes in his favour. Abdelaziz Bouteflika bettered his score in 2009 by obtaining 90.24% of votes.

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