July 31, 2021

Algeria plunged into uncertainty in the aftermath of legislative shunned by the population

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« There are not many people. At the Menani 2 school, the factotum in the service of the polling station, a small, sturdy man with a mischievous smile, does not even try to hide the obvious, official as he is. How besides to invent an affluence whereas, crossing a hall lined with bucolic paintings – lakes surmounted by mountains -, the voters follow one another in dropper?

Saturday June 12 in Algiers, sluggish attendance at legislative elections contrasted with the influx of shopping streets teeming with people. A stone’s throw from the deserted hall of the Menani 2 school, rue Ferhat-Boussad, which overlooks the famous rue Didouche-Mourad, a crowd indifferent to the ballot gathered around the junk stalls and crates of fruit and vegetables. At the end of the evening, the announcement by the Independent National Election Agency (ANIE) of a turnout of 30.2% aroused general perplexity when the figure was only 14.5% at 16 hours. Would he therefore have doubled in the very last hours of election day in an unexpected civic leap?

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President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who was keen on these legislative elections to renew a political staff supposed to embody the ” New algeria », And therefore better neutralize the anti-establishment dynamic of Hirak, had in any case warned that the debate was not in his eyes in the figures. ” The participation rate does not interest me “, He declared Saturday at the exit of his polling station, adding:” What interests me is that the results reflect the will of the voters. »

Deaf dialogue

If the Algerian authorities are above all concerned about the legality of the electoral process, this low participation rate, compared to the presidential election of December 2019 (39.93%) and the previous legislative elections of 2017 (35.70%), will no less weigh on the credibility of the future Parliament and therefore on the official scenario for exiting the crisis.

« What can be the legitimacy of this Parliament when the people overwhelmingly rejected these elections? “Asks Zoubida Assoul, leader of the opposition Union for Change and Progress (UCP) which called, like the Hirak figures, to boycott the ballot. ” Not only does the ballot not resolve the crisis, but on the contrary it risks making it worse She adds. Sign of the dialogue of the deaf between the regime and the opposition, the official daily The Mujahideen celebrated in his Sunday editorial ” a new stage in the irreversible establishment of a new political system ».

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