The party in power in Algeria, the National Liberation Front (FLN), won the legislative elections organized on Saturday, in a context of very strong abstention and political crisis, announced on Tuesday (June 15th) the National Independent Election Authority. (ANIE).
The victory of the FLN is a surprise, because it was considered moribund, because of its compromise with the deposed president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, pushed to the resignation in 2019 by an unprecedented protest movement, even if the party benefits from a old and extensive implantation.
The FLN leads with 105 seats out of 407, followed by independent candidates with 78 seats. The main Islamist party in the country, the Mouvement de la société pour la paix (MSP), which claimed victory after the election, comes third with 64 seats, Mohamed Charfi, president of the country, told reporters. ANIE.
23% participation rate
The former sole party and the main party in the outgoing Parliament, the FLN has nevertheless recorded a significant decline in the number of seats, according to the first provisional official figures. He lost more than 50 seats and controlled a quarter of the elected members of the new National People’s Congress. The National Democratic Rally (RND), with which the FLN has traditionally allied, won 57 seats (14%).
“The foundations of this Parliament were built in complete freedom and transparency by the people”, assured Mr. Charfi. ANIE announced a historically low turnout (23%). Out of more than 24 million voters, ANIE reported 5.6 million voters, including more than a million spoiled ballots. In the November referendum, abstention reached 70%.
This is the first legislative since the popular Hirak uprising, unprecedented and peaceful, which resulted in the resignation of President Bouteflika after twenty years in power.