Algeria’s National Liberation Front leads in parliamentary polls

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ALGIERS, ALGERIA - JUNE 12: Returning officers count the votes at a polling station after the general elections ended in Algiers, Algeria on June 12, 2021. (Photo by Mousaab Rouibi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
ALGIERS, ALGERIA – JUNE 12: Returning officers count the votes at a polling station after the general elections ended in Algiers, Algeria on June 12, 2021. (Photo by Mousaab Rouibi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Algeria’s National Liberation Front (FLN) party won weekend parliamentary elections with a significantly reduced number of seats and with the country’s lowest ever turnout at 23 percent, the electoral board said Tuesday.

According to initial figures, the FLN, North African’s single party for decades and the main component of the outgoing parliament, led with 105 out of 407 seats in Saturday’s poll, the head of the National Independent Elections Authority (ANIE) said.

The result comes somewhat as a surprise, as the party had been considered moribund after the rule of ousted former autocrat Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

However, it would also indicate that the FLN has lost more than 50 seats and controls less than a quarter of the new assembly.

Independents were second with 78 seats while the moderate Islamist party Movement of Society for Peace (MSP), which had previously claimed its candidates were ahead in most regions, was third with 64, electoral commission chief Mohamed Chorfi said.

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