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Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal. (AFP)

Algiers – Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal urged all citizens to head to the polls and participate in Thursday’s parliamentary elections.

Sellal called on the Algerian people to derive lessons from May 1945 to safeguard Algeria’s independence and continue its construction, considering it important to participate massively in the May 4 elections.

On the last day of the electoral campaign, the PM jokingly advised women to beat their husbands if they refuse to vote.

“And the one who does not vote, beat him with a stick,” he said from Setif in southern Algeria.

Known for the jokes he gives during speeches and formal statements, Sellal called on husbands to wake up early on election day. He urged wives to refrain from serving them coffee if they were being lazy and to even “drag them” to the polling stations.

“Your role in elections is very important. Behind every man is a supportive woman. If she were a good person, her husband will definitely be good, and vice versa,” he said in an address to women gathered in Setif.

The prime minister’s strange request was welcomed by participants at the event, but condemned by several social media activists. Some even said that Setif is known for being conservative and Sellal’s advice is not applicable there.

He spoke about the region’s history, which he described as “a land of loyalty and commitment” and its people as “bold and generous inhabitants, who have not hesitated to support their country during the decisive moments.”

Addressing the Algerian people, Sellal affirmed: “Your country is calling on you once again to show your attachment to the real national line and reiterate your fidelity.”