A picture taken on April 6, 2017 shows an illuminated billboard with the slogan "make your voice heard" written in Arabic as pedestrians walk along a sidewalk in the Algerian capital Algiers.AFP / Ryad KRAMDI
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Campaigning starts Sunday for next month's Algerian parliamentary election as authorities desperately try to persuade disillusioned voters that their opinion counts.The election, which several parties are boycotting, will likely see Bouteflika's National Liberation Front (FLN) and the allied Rally for National Democracy retain an absolute majority.Ouardia, a 50-year-old taxi driver, said she would not be taking part in the election either.Up to 23 million Algerians are registered to vote by universal suffrage for 462 lawmakers in the election.Until then, candidates on 940 lists made up from 15 parties and on two independent lists are to hold hundreds of campaigning events across the country.Since 2016, the 410 members of a new electoral body will oversee the voting.
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