Algeria ruling party wins elections

Algeria ruling party wins elections

Algiers : Algeria | May 11, 2012 at 1:19 PM PDT
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Algeria on Friday declared its ruling party,the National Liberation Front, since independence from french occupation, winner of parliamentary election.

The Algerian interior ministry said voter turnout was 44-percent, compared to a record low turnout of 37-percent in the 2007 elections.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's National Liberation Front won 220 out of the 462 seats, the National Democratic Rally (RND) of Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia won 2nd place with 68 seats. Both parties constitute a majority in the new assembly. The Islamists "Green Algeria" have suffered a setback, coming in third place with 66 seats, announced Friday, Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia.

Parliamentary election results must be confirmed by the constitutional council to become official, Ould Kablia added.

Bouteflika's government promised that the new parliament will vote on proposed constitutional changes and prepare for presidential elections in 2014 .

Opposition activists has accused the government of trying to tighten its grip on power, and has called for a boycott of the polls. The results are known in advance, oppoisiton claimed.

It is worth mentioning that Some 500 international observers from the EU, African Union, Arab League and American organizations were monitoring the elections at the request of the government.

Immediately after the announcement of elections results, the Islamist were quick to accuse authorities of fraud Friday after the publication of the initial results. Abderrazak Mukri and Taifour Farouk, spokesman and member of the Alliance respectively, said that their election observers had found very different results from those of the Ministry of Interior. "There is a process of fraud to change the results and it puts the country in danger," said Mukri in Algiers. "We are not responsible for what might happen," he added, without specifying his thought.

Under pressure and looking for a change after the “Arab Spring” as well as violence in neighboring countries, therefore, Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, called for political reforms and approved the establishment of 23 new political parties besides the ruling National Liberation Front in Algeria.


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Algeria ruling party wins elections
Interior Minister Daho Ould Kablia speaks during a news conference to announce the results of election in Algiers, May 11, 2012. Reuters
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