Algeria’s latest parliamentary elections on 4 May were marked by one of the lowest turnouts on record – just 35% - reflecting the population’s prevailing distrust in the country’s rulers. The outcome was widely anticipated, with dominant parties the National Liberation Front (FLN) and the National Rally for Democracy (RND) winning the majority of seats. But even if the polls’ results were considered something of a non-event, they are seen as key to ensuring a smooth transition to a post-Bouteflika era from 2019.