Major socialist party to boycott Algerian elections

Algiers, April 4 2021: In a statement made to the press, Algeria’s opposition Socialist Forces Front announced it will boycott early legislative elections planned for June.

The FFS national council said it reaffirms that the conditions for holding the next legislative elections of June 12 have not been met and that the elections do not constitute the solution to the multi-dimensional crisis that the country is experiencing.

“Consequently the FFS cannot participate in this election,” it said in a statement.

After dissolving parliament last month, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune issued a decree setting June 12 for early legislative elections.

Thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets the following day in Algiers, rejecting the planned poll as weekly rallies by the resurgent Hirak pro-democracy movement gained momentum. The Hirak movement broke out in February 2019 in outrage at Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for president a 5th time.

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