ALGIERS- Leaders of political parties running in the legislative elections of 4 May 2017 called, during their meetings over the past 24 hours across the country, to continue supporting investments and agriculture, the driving force behind growth.
In a meeting in Mostaganem (365-km west of Algiers) on Wednesday evening, the secretary general of the National Democratic Rally (RND), Ahmed Ouyahia, said that the current oil price crisis "should not lead Algeria towards economic stagnation and recession, rise of unemployment, closure of companies and deterioration of agriculture."
"We are in favour of austerity in the State management expenditure, but we are against austerity affecting support to investments, agricultural programmes and priority sectors for citizens, like health, education and others," he added.
The leader of El Moustakbel Front, Abdelaziz Belaid, from Sidi Bel-Abbes (440-km west of Algiers), stressed the need to show more interest in the sector of agriculture.
He also recalled that Algeria has mobilized "significant budget" for the sector, deploring however that these efforts "have not been reflected on the sector's development."
The leader of the alliance of the Society's Movement for Peace (MSP) and the Front for Change (FC), Abderrazak Mokri, express from Bechar (965-km southeast of Algiers) the willingness of the MSP-FC alliance to "work with the political forces, which will be represented in the future People's National Assembly (Lower House of Parliament), and with all the institutions of the Republic, with a view to moving forward in the building of a democratic, strong and prosperous country."
He also expressed satisfaction at the present economic situation of the country.
In this regard, he said that Algeria has the necessary resources and potentials for its economic development, citing as an example the mining resources and agricultural potentials of the province of Bechar.
The secretary general of the National Liberation Front (FLN), Djamel Ould Abbes, has reiterated in Annaba (600-km east of Algiers) the commitment of his party to the "principle of the Algerian people unity and cohesion," underlining the need to "preserve the country's security and stability."
"FLN pledges to defend the rights of all social sections of the society and to mobilize for the protection of the country's institutions and strategic sectors," said Ould Abbes.
From Saida (west of Algiers), the representative of Ennahda-Adhala-Bina Alliance, Mustapha Belmehdi, hoped that the upcoming elections would result in a "credible parliament that would positively affect the future of the country."
During a meeting in El Oued (650-km southeast of Algiers), the leader of the Algerian National Front (FAN), Djamel Ben Abdessalem, said that the upcoming legislative elections "is a major and decisive step in the life of the nation and the people, and an opportunity for a genuine political and economic change in the country."
The country needs a legitimate parliament, resulting from the choice of the people, to form a government capable to lead, he added.
The leader of the Algerian People's Movement (MPA), Amara Benyounes, called to go massively to the polls in order to "preserve the country's security and stability," and "give more credibility to the upcoming elections."
"The MPA rejects the return to the State's monopoly on foreign trade, and attaches importance to the achievement of social justice and fight against corruption," he added.
From Souk Ahras (600-km southeast of Algiers), the leader of the National Republican Alliance (ANR), Belkacem Sahli said that the programme of his party "gives great importance to the Algerian women," adding that "47% of his party's candidates are women, including 7 as heads of lists."
The chairman of the High Independent Authority of the Election Monitoring (HIISE), Abdelouahab Derbal, from Batna (435-km east of Algiers), expressed satisfaction at the smooth running of the election campaign nationwide.