EU observers: Algeria vote a step towards reform




 
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May 12th, 2012  
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ALGIERS (Reuters) - European Union observers on Saturday gave a qualified endorsement to an Algerian parliamentary election which handed victory to the ruling party, against the tide of "Arab Spring" revolts. Some opposition forces expressed suspicions there had been manipulation of the vote, though the authorities denied this. Jose Ignacio Salafranca, head of the EU's observer mission in Algeria, said there were shortcomings in some technical aspects of the election but there were "as many positive points as there were weak points. ...

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