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In Pictures: Algerian election celebrations

A photo gallery of Algerians celebrating Bouteflika's widely anticipated fourth term on Thursday
Before election results revealed that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had officially won a fourth term on Friday, several hundred residents of Algiers took to the streets to celebrate his success. (Massinissa Benlakehal)

As the polling offices closed following Algeria's presidential elections on Thursday, several hundreds of people took to the streets to celebrate President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's win - although the official results would not be released until Friday.

These photos, taken by MEE journalist Massinissa Benlakehal, were captured in Place Maurice-Audin in downtown Algiers where cars of celebrants paraded until the early hours of Friday morning, an election tradition. Overhead, Benlakehal said, a show of fireworks, paid for by the ruling National Liberation Front Party, exploded. The party also provided Bouteflika's photos, he reported.

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