Algiers (IP)- Algerians have begun voting in the first Parliamentary Elections since longtime Leader, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was forced to resign two years ago.

Iran Press/Africa: About 24 million Algerians can vote to elect 407 members of the People’s National Assembly for a five-year term.

Pro-government parties have urged Algerians to take an active part in what they call a “crucial vote for the country’s stability,” while opponents denounce a “sham” election.

The opposition Hirak movement has called for a boycott after seven of its leaders were arrested on Thursday.

This snap Parliamentary Elections for choosing members of the People's National Assembly was initially expected for 2022.

The elections are being held early in the context of a constitutional amendment carried out by a referendum in November 2020.

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