2017 Algerian Parliamentary Election - President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's party & its coalition ally wins majority of seats Friday May 05,2017
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's party & its coalition ally wins majority of seats
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's party and its coalition ally have won a clear majority of seats in parliament, results released by the interior ministry showed on Friday May 05,2017
Bouteflika's National Liberation Front took 164 of the 462 parliamentary seats. Its coalition ally, the Rally for National Democracy, won another 97.
The National Liberation Front has been the sole ruling party since Algeria’s independence in 1962. Bouteflika has been in power since 1999, despite a stroke that has left him largely incapacitated.
In 2009 he won his third straight term as president, even though he was scarcely seen on the campaign trail.
Despite a 2012 law that requires at least 30 percent of parliamentary candidates to be women – and the emergence of small parties led by young people and focused on local issues – only a minority of Algerians bother casting ballots in parliamentary votes.