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Algerian socialists hope to gain more seats in coming elections

In Africa on April 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Algiers, Algeria — The Trotskyist Workers’ Party (PT) has prominently rose in the polls leading up to the national elections on May 10, 2012.

The established authorities hope to diffuse the revolutionary spirit of the Arab Spring with these elections, Reuters reports. During the Arab Spring of 2011, protesters staged minor protests against the government. Algeria is the only country whose political system has underwent no changes to its structure. In a desperate attempt to prevent the elections of becoming a vent for the Arab Spring, state television broadcasts anti-revolutionary propaganda.

This election will mark the 50th anniversary of independence from France, but despite this the elections have induced little enthusiasm amongst the people. It is estimated there will be a voter turn out of 44 percent (compared to 35 percent in 2007). Major parties in the Algerian elections are the centre-left Front of Socialist Forces, the Islamist Front for Justice and Development, the left-wing nationalist National Liberation Front (the current largest party), and the National Rally for Democracy, as well as the Workers’ Party. The Algerian Workers’ Party is currently the fourth largest party in the legislative branch of government.

The Workers’ Party is hoping of increasing the number of votes by using allied trade union leaders, and have risen in the polls so far. The leader of the Workers’ Party, Louisa Hanoune, has said a there may be a possibility of a coalition of the Front of Socialist Forces and the Workers’ Party, if jointly they have the majority in parliament. The Workers’ Party has vowed to create “popular committees,” and the Front of Socialist Forces have since expressed sympathy for that notion.

Sources: 1, 2, 3

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