Tensions were high in Algiers on Monday, as scuffles erupted between police forces and student protesters who rallied to oppose the upcoming presidential election of this Thursday, December 12.

Footage shows protesters from the University of Algiers 1 being pushed back by a police line. Demonstrators are calling for the upcoming poll to be cancelled as they want an election to occur only after the country's political system has been reformed and officials from the previous administration have been removed from office.

Police stopped the demonstration a few metres away from the Grande Poste square, where a pro-election rally, reportedly organised by the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA), was being held.

Algerians are set to head to polling stations on Thursday, following a wave of protests and political turmoil in the country which lasted several months.

The protests began in February after 82-year-old then-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he would be running for a fifth term in office. While he dropped his bid and ultimately resigned in April, the protests continued, demanding a complete political overhaul.

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