Saturday 19 August 2017

Algerian ruling parties FLN, RND maintain majority in new parliament

Algerian ruling parties FLN, RND maintain majority in new parliament
(Xinhuanet 05/05/17)
Algerian ruling parties FLN, RND maintain majority in new parliament

The Algerian ruling parties of the National Liberation Front (FLN) and the National Democratic Rally (RND) managed grabbed the majority of seats following the Parliamentary polls of Thursday, officials figures showed on Friday.

In a press conference held in Algiers on Friday, Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui outlined the official figures of the Parliamentary election of May 4, saying the national turnout reached 38.25 percent.

He further specified that FLN grabbed 164 seats out of the 462 seats of the lower house, while its ruling ally, namely the RND, collected 97 seats, making them the major force at the parliament for the second time since 2012 polls.

The Islamist alliance of the Movement of Society for Peace (MSP) accumulated 33 seats, said Bedoui, adding that the independent candidates collected 28 seats, followed by the Movement of Algeria's Hope (TAJ) with 19 seats.

The other Islamist alliance of the Movement of Renaissance, Development and Construction collected 15 seats, followed by the Mostaqbal Front with 14 seats, and then the Labour Party (PT) with 11 seats. The two secular parties of the Socialist Forces Front (FFS) and the Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD) gathered 14 and 9 seats, respectively.

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