Washington DC -- As the Algerian presidential elections near, the front runner, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has yet to make an electoral speech or a rally appearance. It is a presidential campaign by proxy in every sense of the word. While the United States and the European Union persist in overlooking reports of voters’ intimidation, civil rights abuses and press bullying, the current ruling clan in Algiers press on with their sham election with impunity.

Hassan Masiky was born in Kenitra, Morocco, and is based in Washington as a blogger and freelance writer.