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Algerian opposition parties weigh option of forming alliances

English.news.cn   2012-05-30 03:57:38            

ALGIERS, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Algeria's opposition parties are weighing the option of forming alliances after the two government allied parties, the National Liberation Front (FLN) and the National Democratic Rally (RND), grabbed a majority of 276 out of the 462 seats in the newly-elected parliament.

The leftist parties, including the Workers' Party (PT) and the Socialist Forces Front (FFS), which won respectively 24 and 27 seats in the May 10 parliamentary elections, have not really shown any interest in such an option.

The spokesman for the PT, Djelloul Djoudi, said "the Workers' Party is an independent party. It has its own political strategy, and ultimately it does not look for making any alliance in the newly-elected parliament."

For his part, the spokesman for the FFS, Chafaa Bouiche, told Xinhua that "it is too soon to evoke the issue of alliances, given that the new parliament has just been installed. We have not reached that stage yet."

In fact, the FFS also considers that it is useless to form alliances with other political parties. "Given that the ruling parties (FLN and RND) have grabbed almost the absolute majority, so what is the use to make an alliance?" questioned Bouiche.

Yet, the option of an alliance seems to serve the purpose of those parties which failed to grab the minimum seats required for forming a parliamentary group.

According to the legislation, political parties need 10 seats at least to form a parliamentary group so as to eligible to participate in parliament commissions; they also need 20 seats at least to have the power to propose bills.

The Islamist Front for Justice and Development (FJD), with 8 seats, and the Islamist Front of Change (FC), with 4 seats, have already agreed to initiate an alliance in order to form a parliamentary group. They now need more parties to join them to be able to propose bills.

In this regard, Lakhd Khelaf, spokesman for the FJD, told Xinhua "we've agreed with our brothers at the Front of Change to initiate an alliance, and hopefully other parties would join us to form a parliamentary group ... so as to participate more efficiently in the debate on the draft of the constitution."

Observers say the FLN and the RND will maintain their alliance during the upcoming five-year parliamentary term.

"FLN and RND are sure to continue their long term alliance," predicted political expert Bachir Medjahed.

The Secretary General of the FLN, Abdelaziz Belkhadem told Xinhua, on the eve of election, that his party is open to forming an alliance with other parties, even if it got the majority in the new parliament.

After the election, Belkhadem revealed that several independent MPs and political parties in the new parliament have already filed demands to form an alliance with the FLN, adding that his party is examining these applications.

In this context, spokesman for FLN, Issi Kassa, told Xinhua that "we are likely to continue allying with the RND," adding "our party is still open to embracing new political parties in our alliance, should they accept to implement the program of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika."

The official added that the alliances within the new parliament are to be announced after the installation of the different commissions of this legislative institution.

Editor: yan
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