On December 12th, Algeria held its first elections since the ousting of its long-standing President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. However, the elections were marred by low turnout, with the protest movement viewing all candidates as members of the establishment.
Students across Algeria have condemned the upcoming Presidential elections as being rigged, warning that all five candidates belong to the elite class that are accused of having ruled Algeria behind the scenes for decades.
Algeria exported 27.2 million tonnes of crude oil in the first quarter of 2018 as part of strategy to slash costs on imported petroleum goods. The costs of imports dropped from 188.2 million to 51.3 million after the shift.