Hope, tension mark kickoff of Algerian election campaign

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ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Candidates hopeful of winning one of the 407 seats in the Algerian parliament have kicked off campaigning for legislative elections in June under a new system meant to weed out corruption and open voter rolls, a major step in President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s promise of a “new Algeria.” An unprecedented number of candidates are running on nearly 1,500 lists for the North African nation’s 58 regions. But a crackdown on the pro-democracy Hirak movement, with hundreds arrested during last week’s Friday march, casts a pall over presidential efforts to give a new face to a nation whose army plays a backseat role in governance.  

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