ALGIERS — Gunmen killed an independent presidential candidate Sunday in an apparent attempt to undermine elections that leading parties are boycotting.
Algeria's main political parties--including the former ruling party--dismiss the election scheduled for Nov. 16 as an attempt to legitimize the military-controlled government.
Abdelmajid Benhadid--one of 17 presidential candidates--was shot by three "armed terrorists" in Boudouaou, about 18 miles east of Algiers, state radio said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Benhadid, 48, was a former member of the National Liberation Front, which ruled Algeria as a one-party state for nearly three decades.