Algiers — On the eve of the last campaign day for the legislative elections of June 12, a number of political parties said they will “stretch their hand” to other political parties if they win parliamentary majority in the new People’s National Assembly (lower house of Parliament).
The secretary general of the National Democratic Assembly (RND), Tayeb Zitouni, at a campaign rally in Laghouat, said “the leadership of the party has agreed to extend its hand to the other political forces of the country as soon as the RND obtains the parliamentary majority in the next legislative elections.”
“Global change cannot be achieved through the national leadership alone, but rather through the contribution of the grassroots throughout the country.”
In Tipaza, the leader of El-Islah movement, Filali Ghouini, said if his party gets a significant quota of parliamentary seats, it “will work for the constitution of a presidential majority among the parliamentary groups supporting the programme of the President of the Republic, to ensure harmony between the institutions of the State.”
“Coherence of State institutions will make it possible to maintain the same pace in building the new Algeria.”
The president of the party Tajamoue Amel El Jazaïr (TAJ), Fatima Zohra Zerouati, at a popular meeting in Ain M’lila, emphasized the need to “develop” the city of Ain M’lila and the entire eastern region of the country, noting that it is a “commercial transit area with many potential that may be transformed by investment into real mines in terms of employment and wealth.”
She deplored “the implementation of projects in the absence of citizens, their representatives and relevant real data.”
The acting president of the Freedom and Justice Party (PLJ), Djamel Benziadi, in Mascara, urged those among his party members running for the next Parliament to “not make promises that they cannot honor,” before pledging that his political party “will work for the amendment of laws and the appointment of competent and honest people to positions of responsibility.”
Benziadi also called on citizens to assume their responsibilities by voting massively in the next legislative elections and to choose the most competent candidates.
The head Sawt Echaab party, Lamine Osmani, at a campaign meeting in Guelma, said the election of candidates from the working class in the next legislative elections is “the key to bring about a real change and further strengthen the Parliament.”
“Algeria needs a strong parliament based on the will of the people,” he said, noting that “citizens demand social justice, food security, stability and reform of the education system.”