Algeria’s ruling party, the National Liberation Front, won the legislative elections held on Saturday, in the context of severe abstention and a political crisis, the Independent National Electoral Authority announced Tuesday (June 15th). .
The victory of the National Liberation Front was a surprise, because it was considered moribund, due to its bargains with the ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, which prompted his resignation in 2019 by an unprecedented protest movement, even if the party benefited from an old and wide implant.
The FLN leads with 105 seats out of 407, followed by independent candidates with 78 seats. Mohamed Al-Sharafi, the country’s president, told reporters that the country’s main Islamist formation, the Society for Peace Movement, which announced its victory after the elections, is in third place with 64 seats.
23% participation rate
The only former and main party in the outgoing parliament, the National Liberation Front (FLN) nonetheless recorded a significant decrease in the number of seats, according to the first provisional official figures. It loses more than 50 seats and controls a quarter of the elected members of the new National People’s Congress. The National Democratic Rally, with which the National Liberation Front has traditionally allied itself, won 57 seats (14%).
“The foundations of this parliament were founded by the people with complete freedom and transparency.”Honorable Mr. reassured. ANIE reported a historically low turnout (23%). Of the more than 24 million voters, the National Independent Electoral Agency reported 5.6 million voters, including more than 1 million corrupt ballot papers. In the November referendum, the abstention rate was 70%..
This is the first legislature since the peaceful and unprecedented uprising of the popular movement, which led to the resignation of President Bouteflika after twenty years in power.