Algerians hit the polls to vote on a revised constitution pushed by the president and the military to move forward from last year's pro-democracy protests. Critics called the vote an attempt to whitewash democracy.
Polls opened in Algeria on Sunday in a referendum on a revised constitution that's painted as pro-democratic for imposing term limits and promising new civic freedoms.
Tebboune, who is currently hospitalized in Germany after several people in his government tested positive for COVID-19, said Saturday that Algerians will once again "have a rendezvous with history" to bring in a "new era capable of fulfilling the hopes of the nation and the aspirations of our people for a strong, modern and democratic state."
The country's military chief, General Said Bengriha, has also campaigned around the country for a "yes" vote.
Algeria, with a population of 44 million and vast oil reserves, has been battered by low crude prices and the coronavirus pandemic, further hurting a young population already suffering from spiraling unemployment.
The referendum took place symbolically on the 68th anniversary of the beginning of Algeria's war for independence from France.
Some 23.5 million voters were eligible to take part, although turnout for the referendum was at a record low of 23.7%, electoral commission chairman Mohamed Charfi said.
The historically low turnout followed calls made by the Hirak protest movement for a boycott, a lackluster campaign and worries about the virus, which is linked to at least 1,964 deaths in the country and has infected more than 57,000 people.
The youth-led Hirak movement launched vast demonstrations in early 2019 and continued for more than a year until the coronavirus pandemic forced their suspension.
Polling stations opened at 8:00 a.m. (0700 GMT) and closed at 7:00 p.m. (1800 GMT).