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May 12, 2012 7:00 am

Algeria Election Thwarts Islamist Rise in Arab Spring

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The "Great Post Office" in Algeria. PHoto: wiki commons.

Washington Post – Islamists suffered a surprising defeat in Algeria’s parliamentary elections, bucking a trend that saw them gain power across North Africa after Arab Spring uprisings.

The three party Islamist “Green Alliance” claimed Friday the results were rigged to keep them out of power in a country that has experienced decades of violence between radical Islamist groups and security forces.

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