Algeria: Legislative Polls – Independents Create Surprise, Become Second Political Force

Algiers — The National Liberation Front (FLN) party has taken the lead in the 12 June legislative elections while the independents created the surprise by becoming the second political force in the country. The results achieved by independents are unprecedented in Algeria.

With the announcement of the preliminary elections by the Independent National Authority for Elections on Tuesday, the picture became clearer regarding the future National People’s Assembly in its ninth legislature, which will be marked by no absolute majority.

The National Liberation Front party won 105 seats, followed by the independents who claimed 78 seats, for the first time in the history of the country’s Parliament.

The results of the June 12 elections announced on Tuesday (though provisional until the Constitutional Council’s confirmation) have brought new parliamentary landscape.

The “old” National Liberation Front party which obtained 161 seats (out of a total of 462) in the former People’s National Assembly has seen its share decline to 105 seats.

According to observers, such a decline reflects the “political loss” of the FLN party, even if the party maintains the first place in terms of seats.

President of the Republic has committed to funding the campaign of independent candidates under 40 years in attempt to eliminate corrupt money from politics.

Moreover, the Movement of the Society for Peace (MSP) kept its 3rd position, as in the previous legislative elections (as part of its alliance with the Front for Change party). The MSP party its seats obtained from 34 to 64 seats.