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23/04/2017 11:00

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ALGIERS-The national newspapers published Sunday said the last week of the election campaign for the presidential election on 4 May will be decisive for all political parties in contention, which will multiply their meetings to try convince citizens to vote for their candidates.

Entitled "The hardest remains to be done," L'Expression daily stated that "parties start the last turn before D-Day. Weakened by nonstop meetings in 15 days, political figures are exhausted but they have no right to rest" to get the maximum of votes.

"This is a hard challenge to meet facing the lack of enthusiasm shown by citizens for this political event, fears of large abstention gave the political sphere panic," said the newspaper.  

El Massa daily (in Arabic) aid the countdown to the election campaign began and there is one week only "to try attracting and convincing undecided citizens."

"Political parties have one week to multiply their meetings with a view to persuading citizens to vote," stated El Massa.

According to the Arabic-speaking daily Echourouk, the election campaign has not achieved "the expected goals," stressing that political parties bank on the last day of the campaign, during which political leaders will review their communication strategies to explain their programs and multiply meetings with citizens to persuade them to vote.

For Reporters daily, political parties and free candidates started Sunday "the last straight line" to try convince potential electors to vote for their lists, stressing that "public authorities will work hard to incite the most reluctant to vote and stifle the calls for boycott."

In this regard, Horizon daily reported the statement of the Interior and Local Assemblies Minister Noureddine Bedoui; who said that "voting is the best mean to preserve country's security and stability."

For its part, El Moudjahid, leaders of political parties, who recall to citizens "the challenges of such a democratic competition for the country's stability, security and development, calling to freely choose the most competent and honest candidate."  

El Watan daily stressed that "the campaign is struggling to convince" while it started its last week, stating that "it met difficulties to massively mobilize citizens and suggest programs part of respect for democratic confrontation rules."

El Khabar broached the meetings held by leaders of political parties, who invested the field to bear the message of their respective parties, stating that the majority of politcal parties referred to the financial and economic crisis in the country, and suggested solutions to this crisis.

The Arabic-speaking newspaper Al Fadjr referred to a strategic change in political parties' strategies as they preferred to invest the field and public squares instead of meetings to convince electors to adhere to their programs, and called for a massive participation in elections and "refusal to listen to boycott calls."

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ALGIERS – The political party leaders engaged in the legislative elections of 4 May called on Saturday the citizens to vote en masse, in order to make this electoral process a success and, subsequently ensure the country’s stability and unity.

On the 14th day of the election campaign, General Secretary of the National Liberation Front (FLN) party Djamel Ould Abbas called from Mostaganem (347km west of Algiers) the citizens to vote en masse.

Ould Abbes said that the forthcoming elections will be «transparent, democratic and all the votes will be respected."

The FLN programme, drawn on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s aims at meeting the needs of the vulnerable categories, workers, farmers and students, the party top official said.

Besides, General Secretary of the National Democratic Rally (RND) Ahmed Ouyahia, speaking from Tipaza (72km west of Algiers) advocated the building of a bulwark for defending the national unity and Islam which are the constant values of Algeria for 14 centuries.

Head of the National Algerian Front (FNA), Moussa Touati who held a public meeting in Mascara (358 km west of Algiers)urged the youth to vote largely to "protect their future."

Stressing that youth are the most closely concerned with the vote, Touati insisted that only the election of competent and honest men would guarantee a prosperous future for youth.

First secretary of the Socialist Forces Front (FFS), Abdelmalek  Bouchafa said in a rally in Oran (340 km west of Algiers), that his party is participating in these elections to "spread hope of change in the society and combat despair."

 President of El Islah Movement, Filali Ghouini, recommened in Constantine (432 km east of Algiers)  "enlarging the national reconciliation process to cover all the victims of terrorism."

Representatives of the Nahda-Adala-Bina Alliance, namely Abdallah Djaballah and Mustapha Belmehdi, urged from Annaba  (535 km east of Algiers) the citizens to take advantage of the election to operate change and build a "republican and social State."

President of the Algerian Popular Movement (MPA), Amara Benyounes, called Oran citizens defend democracy in order to "safeguard peace and stability" in the country.

President of the Movement for the Society of Peace (MSP), a representative of the MSP-Front of Change (FC) Alliance, Abderrezak Mokri, considered in Biskra (404 km south of Algiers)that the alliance programme is designed to allow Algeria to "achieving food self-sufficiency in ten years.

President of the Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD), Mohcine Belabès, stressed to Tizi Ouzou (96 km east of Algiers) that his party's electoral programme proposes the dissolution of the sub-prefectures considered as an "institutions which require big budgets."

The funds intended to run those institutions will be recovered and exploited in local development projects, he explained.

In Souk Ahras (552 km east of Algiers), President of the Liberty and Justice Party (PLJ), Mohamed Saïd, called for "the widespread use of Tamazight throughout the national territory," warning against its exploitation for" tendentious" purposes.

President of the Al-Mustakbal Front (the Front of the Future), Abdelaziz Belaid, pleaded in Chlef ((205 km west of Algiers)for the construction of a 2nd Republic with new ideas and political ethics attached to the national values.

General secretary of El-Fadjr El-Djadid (new dawn), Tahar Benbaïbeche, called from Adrar (1 419km south of Algiers) for the mobilization of all Algerians to address the national and regional challenges, urging voters to choose development programmes adapted to the citizens’ aspirations.

Meanwhile, Tajamoue Amal El Djazair (TAJ) party president Amar Goul said in Djelfa (294km southwest of Algiers)that his political party intended to bring together all Algerians and worked for harmonious and united society.

In Skikda (470km east of Algiers) where she was running a public meeting, Workers Party (PT) first official Louisa Hanoune called on citizens to be vigilant in order to better defend their rights.

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ALGIERS- The rejection of the resort to foreign debt, calls to choose capable, honest and cooperative candidates and the establishment of a "new balance of powers" within the next People's National Assembly (Lower House of Parliament) were among the main issues focused on, over the past 24 hours, by leaders of political parties in the campaign for the legislative elections of 4 May 2017.

During a meeting in Tipasa (70-km west of Algiers) on Saturday morning, the Secretary General of the National Democratic Rally (RND), Ahmed Ouyahia said that the latest report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Algeria inviting the Government to adopt an austerity policy and stop social support, resort to foreign debt and devalue the dinars, would be "disastrous."

From Oran (432-km west of Algiers) on Friday, Ouyahia also rejected the resort to foreign debt.

"The country should launch major projects and encourage exports," he said, adding "small companies must be privatized."

"We don't want to be indebted again. We want to remain sovereign and retain control over our decisions," he stressed, hailing the decision made by President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika to pay off the country's foreign debt early.

During a meeting in Guelma (537-km east of Algiers) on Friday, the Secretary General of the Workers' Party (PT), Louisa Hanoune, underlined the need for "large mobilization" on 4 May to impose a "new balance of powers" within the future Lower House, opening the way for a "political revival in the country."

"The upcoming legislative elections should be an opportunity to bring about a democratic change and change the arbitrary laws," said Hanoune.

She also criticized "the austerity policy and its repercussions, especially on the purchasing power of citizens."

The leader of the New Algeria Front (FAN), Djamel Benabdeslam, from Bouira (122-km east of Algiers), underlined the importance of the 4 May elections insofar as they would allow boosting the national economic development with a new generation of honest elected deputies.


Choosing candidates capable to contribute to development efforts


The leader of the Party of Youths (PJ), Hamana Boucherma, from Souk-Ahras (650-km southeast of Algiers), said "the Lower House is a constitutional institution requiring the election of capable and honest deputies to ensure the change and preserve the achievements of Algeria and Algerian people."

He also called on voters to choose qualified candidates.

During a meeting in Mostaganem (360-km west of Algiers), the Secretary General of the National Republican Alliance (ANR), Belkacem Sahli called to choose candidates who would support investments, job creation, economic development and social policy.

The leader of the Society's Movement for Peace (MSP), Abderrazak Makri, representative of the MSP-Front of Change (FC) alliance, said that the alliance proposes "realistic solutions" to the different problems in the country, including housing and employment.

"Our programme would ensure the national economic take-off, food security and would make of Algeria a top tourist destination," added Makri.

From Oran, the leader of Tajamoue Amel El Djazair (TAJ), Amar Ghoul, said that the programme of his party includes economic development plans specific to each province of the country.

In this regard, he added that TAJ proposes to make of Oran, given its potentials, "an industrial and tourist hub in the Mediterranean."

In a meeting in Jijel (359-km east of Algiers), the leader of El-Islah Movement, Filali Ghouini, called on the candidates of his party, if elected to the next Lower House, to work with deputies of other parties for the restoration of the prerogatives of local elected representatives regarding housing and employment issues, with a view to meeting the aspirations of citizens.

During a rally in Tiaret (340-km west of Algiers), the leader of the Algerian National Front (FNA), Moussa Touati, said that the candidates of his party would defend the gains of citizens and would reject laws that do not serve the interests of Algeria and the Algerian people.

The representatives of Ennahda-Adala-Bina alliance, Mohamed Douibi and Abdallah Djaballah, called, from Ain El Beida (Oum El Bouaghi, 500-km east of Algiers) for "peaceful change" during the upcoming legislative elections.

Abdallah Djaballah (Adala) urged citizens to go massively to polls to choose among the lists of the alliance, which has presented honest candidates, who would monitor the Government's action for the achievement of the different development projects in the country.

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PARIS- The Algerian voters enrolled in France are estimated at 763,313. Some 186 polling stations will be established for the voting operation, said Saturday Algeria’s embassy to France.

The electorate in France totaled 763, 313 voters : 463,260 in the northern zone and 300,053 in the southern one,  Hamid Benabed, consular coordinator at the embassy told APS and the national TV channel.

The voters will elected their deputies from 19 lists in the northern zone and 14 lists in the southern one.

Unlike the previous elections, the legislative vote 2017 for the Algerian community will last for three days; namely Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April as well as Thursday 4 May from 8 am to 7 PM.

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ALGIERS – The statements made Friday in Ouargla by Lieutenant-General, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Chief of Staff of the People's National Army Ahmed Gaid Salah on the 4 May elections dominated Saturday’s national press headlines.

El Moudjahid paper brought out Gaid Salah’s visit to the 4th military region of Ouargla. The paper reported his remarks as he considered the 4 May elections as "highly crucial" for Algeria and the Algerians as well. According to the paper, the Chief of Staff said that the military personnel “will vote out of the barracks alongside their fellow-citizens."

Both Le Soir d'Algérie and Horizon papers focused the “security measures deployed for the elections." Horizon reported Lt Ahmed Gaid Salah's assurances that "all security measures have been taken to ensure the proper conduct of the legislative elections."

Besides, l’Expression paper headlined about the "security measure for the legislative elections, vote of the military staff and the fight against terrorism," noticing that for the first time since the beginning of the campaign, the Army has its say.

In an interview with daily El Watan, President of the Algerian National Front (FNA) Moussa Touati said that "vote is a duty but also a right".

Liberté conveyed the statements by Mohcine Belabbas, chairman of the Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD) at a public meeting in Bejaia where he called for "decentralized state" which "will strengthen the power of local elected representatives."

The Arabic-language newspapers also reported and commented Ahmed Gaid Salah's statements, discussing the course of the electoral campaign and the different activities of the political party leaders.

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Saturday, 22 April 2017 11:16

Call for electing "honest" deputies

ALGIERS – The party leaders in campaign for 4 May legislative elections called on Friday for  electing "honest" deputies, the only condition to form a "credible" parliament, capable of assisting the social movement.

General Secretary of the National Republican Alliance party (ANR), Belkacem Sahli called during a public meeting in Relizane (296 km west of Algiers) for electing "honest deputies, capable of dealing with the social movement," adding that the access of young graduates to the elected Assemblies will contribute to " lay the foundations of a participative democracy to assist the social movement."

In the same regard, President of the Movement of the Society for Peace (MSP), Abderrezak Mokri, representing the MSP-Front of Change Alliance (FC), pleaded in El Tarf (592 km east of Algiers), for "honest" deputies, considering that "transparency and free choice of the future deputies remain the only conditions to form a legitimate Parliament."

The MSP-FC Alliance proposes "competent, nationalist and honest candidates capable of guaranteeing the achievement of its economic development programme."

Head of the El Moustakbel Front (Front of the Future), Abdelaziz Belaid, who hosted a meeting in Maghnia (Tlemcen 513 km west of Algiers), said that the best change will be made with "competent deputies elected by the citizens."

Those elected representatives must be "of a good moral character and a high level of education" to better represent the citizens in parliament because they will be called upon to legislate laws, control the government action and to defend the interests of those who elected them, he stressed.

Massive vote, guarantee for credible elections

Head of the Algerian Popular Movement (MPA), Amara Benyounes, said in Aïn Defla (155 km west of Algiers) that a high turnout in the upcoming elections would constitute a guarantee of their credibility as well as that of the resulting government.

From Chelghoum Laid (Mila, 394 east of Algiers), President of El Islah Movement, Filali Ghouini, also called for electing "sincere" deputies able to adequately address the citizens’ concerns.

President of the National Party for Solidarity and Development (PNSD), Mohamed Cherif Taleb, called from Tebessa (582 km east ofAlgiers) "for making the right choice by voting for the skills and holders of graduate degrees," able to convey the citizens’ needs to the People's National Assembly (APN-Lower House .

He recommended choosing the "most highly-qualified candidates so that the next Parliament could carry out its mission with the required level", calling to choose the candidates of his party who are "able to defend the interests of Algerians and Algeria."

For Khaled Bounedjma, president of the National Front for Social Justice (FNJS), who was campaigning from Souk-Ahras (552km east of Algiers), "those who want to win votes have programmes to improve purchasing power and reduce the unemployment rate."

The next elections constitute the "only way to lead the country to another phase allowing the achievement of the population ambitions and putting an end to the policy of exclusion and sidelining," he pointed out.

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ALGIERS- The heads of parties reiterated their call to young people to actively participate in the building of a strong State through a mass participation in the legislative elections of May 4, focusing on the political activism that could further involve young people and the active forces of the society in the management of the country.

On the 13th day of the election campaign, the head of El Karama party Mohamed Benhamou called on the young people, in Khenchela, to go massively to the polls to elect their representatives and to “actively” and “efficiently” participate in the building of a strong State, likely to preserve Algeria’s gains, notably peace and stability restored thanks to the perceptive policy of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika".

The same speech was made, in Tissemsilt, by the Secretary General of the National Algerian Party (PNA) Youcef Hamidi who spoke on behalf of El Feth Alliance, calling on the young people to “invest” in politics.

The head of the Front for Justice and development (FDJ) Abdallah Djaballah, representative of the Union “Nahda-Adala-El Bina,” underlined, in Mila, that the Union works for the development of the country and the diversification of its wealth to free it from the oil income.

Secretary General of the National Democratic Rally (RND) Ahmed Ouyahia called, in Tlemcen, to overcome the crisis caused by the drop in oil prices by encouraging the productive investment that could ensure a better future to the Algerian youth, underlining the main lines of his party’s programme, i.e. peace and security, the consolidation of the national economy as well as the improvement of social policy.

The head of the National Front for Social Justice (FNJS) Khaled Bounedjma urged, in Tebessa, the citizens notably young people to go voting on 4 May to choose the candidates of their party, underlining that the Algerian people have a strong will for change.

The Secretary General of Nahda movement Mohamed Douibi, one of the representative of the Alliance Nahda-Adala-Bina, said Thursday, in Oran, that the elections should be the starting point of a peaceful change at the political, economic, social and cultural levels, calling for the enshrinement of the political legitimacy of the Algerian State’s institutions by the polls.

For his part, the Secretary General of the National Liberation Front (FLN) Djamel Ould Abbes affirmed, in Bordj Bou Arreridj, that his party adopts a programme “based on the handling of the concerns of the unprivileged classes,” underlining that FLN’s programme is “inspired by the guidelines of President of the Republic Abdelaziz  Bouteflika.”

The head of the Algerian National Front (FNA) Moussa Touati stressed, in Setif, the need to give the opportunity to skilled people to obtain leading positions and put an end to what he called “clientelism and tribalism” to “serve the people.”

For his part, the head of El Moustakbel Front Abdelaziz Belaid called, in Ain Temouchent, for an optimal exploitation of Algeria’s resources to overcome the crisis.    

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ALGIERS- Lieutenant-General, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Chief of Staff of the People's National Army Ahmed Gaid Salah, who is on a visit to Ouargla (4th military district), said Friday the legislative elections of May 4 represent a vital national event to Algeria and the Algerians, the ministry of National Defence said in a statement.

Army's contribution is part of the measures taken for the elections to go smoothly, and is "in line with the laws of the Republic, "

After he supervised a shooting training session at the North-East operational sector Command in In Amenas, the lieutenant general, accompanied by Major General Cherif Abderezzak, commander of the fourth military command, met the executives and personnel of the sector.

He also met with the representatives of the different security bodies, Civil Protection, and the Customs.

The deputy minister of National Defence made an address, including guidelines for Army personnel, stressing the huge efforts made by the people's National army.


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ALGIERS-Chairman of the High Independent Authority of the Election Monitoring (HIISE) Abdelouahab Derbal affirmed Thursday in France that the establishment of the Authority was "an unprecedented experience" in Africa that might have a positive impact on governance in the continent.

"The HIISE establishment is an unprecedented experience in Africa, an experience that we seek to promote scientifically given the particular situation prevailing in Africa and the whole Arab world," Derbal told the press following his meeting with Ambassador of South African to Algiers Dennis Dlomo.

Chairman of the HIISE said he discussed this experience which had was welcomed by Dlomo, who stressed that the success of such an experience in Algeria "will have a positive impact on governance in Africa, and this is one of AU's main goals."

For his part, Dlomo hailed the efforts made by HIISE members, and expressed the hope that it would ensure smooth running of the legislative elections on 4 May.

Besides, Dlomo highlighted HIISE work in collaboration with political parties as part of preparations for these elections. 

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ALGIERS-Leaders of political parties on Thursday devoted their campaign speeches part of the legislatives on 4 May to the celebration of the anniversary of the Amazigh spring in 1980, calling to vote on the day of the election for the candidates able to further promote the Tamazight language. 

Secretary General of the Workers Party (PT) Louisa Hanoune committed during a popular meeting in Boumerdes to establishing a State Secretariat "exclusively" in charge of promoting Tamazight and the Amazigh issue in the country.

She promised to promote "this essential component of the national identity" through devoting a "significant" budget to this Secretariat, which will be in charge of training teachers and translators likely to generalize the use of this language with within administrative services, justice and other fields.

In the same connection, Secretary General of the Algerian Popular Movement (MPA) Amara Benyounes said that "after calm democracy, it was necessary for Algeria to establish linguistic peace as Arabic and Tamazight are now two national official languages," stressing that "there is no more room for one-upmanship."

For him, "the Tamazight needs an appropriate work from experts, specialists and linguists to give it the means to effectively become a national and official language," recalling that Algeria had an Amazigh spring in the 1980s, before the Arab spring.

From Setif, where he held a popular meeting, Secretary General of the National Liberation Front (FLN) Djamel Ould Abbes broached the national constants, affirming that "the unity of the Algerian people and the national territory are sacred for the political party."

"The unity of the Algerian people and the national territory are the fundamental principles for the National Liberation Front party and no one has the right to undermine them."

For his part, President of the Freedom and Justice Party (PLJ) Mohamed Said  highlighted in Tarf the importance of strengthening national unity and preserving the national identity components "to protect Algeria."

He highlighted the importance of granting special interest to the country's history and the preservation of the collective memory," calling for a massive vote for PLJ candidates on 4 May.

From Chlef, Secretary General of the National Republic Alliance (ANR) Belkacem Sahli said the Arab spring destroyed the institutions of many Arab countries, calling for the preservation of the national identity constants, particularly the Amazigh identity, "a first step for the defence of the national unity."


Other political leaders focus on tolerance


Holding a meeting in Khemis Meliana (Ain Defla), Presdient of Tadjamou Ama Jazair (TAJ) party Amar Ghoul said that the school "has a key role in teaching the values of tolerance and citizenship," stressing "the need for standing on the path of those who want to dislocate the society."

President of El Islah Movement Filali Ghouini called in Bordj Bou Arreridj for strengthening the development of human resources through a revision of the education system, which he dubs "a failure" as it did not succeeded in "attaching an added value to society."

In the province of Guelma, President of the National Unity and Development Party (PNUD) Mohamed Dhif called on citizens to massively vote to express the choice of the most able candidates to conduct deep reforms in all fields, stating that abstention "will lead to fraud."


In Bordj Bou Arreridj, President of the Algerian National Front (FNA) Moussa Touati said the upcoming legislatives as an opportunity for the Algerian people to impose change through voting on the election date and put an end to "fraud and old practices."

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 18:49

Medelci receives EU observer mission

ALGIERS- President of the Constitutional Council Mourad Medelci has received, Thursday in Algiers, Thomas Caprioglio, the head of the European Union's observer mission for the legislative elections of 4 May 2017, said the Council in a statement.

During the audience, which was attended by EU Ambassador to Algeria John O'Rourke, the EU delegation "received explanations on the missions and the role of the Constitutional Council in the election process, as well as answers to their different questions," added the statement.

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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.

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ALGIERS- The call launched by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal during his working visit to Oran to go massively to the polls on 4 May 2017, on the occasion of the legislative elections,” to block the promoters of boycott and preachers of despair” was reported by several newspapers on Thursday.

Under the headline “reality and realism,” the newspaper El Moudjahid reports the statements of the Prime Minister who underlined that the promoters of boycott and preachers of despair who foretold all the pains are unable to demoralize the Algerian citizen.

“Le Soir d'Algérie” daily also reported the call of Sellal in Oran when he spoke to the civil society to broach “the importance of a large participation in the next legislative elections which will strengthen nationalism and immunize the stability of the country.”

The newspaper “Horizon” also reported the statements of Prime Minister who underlined that “our strength is in our union, and this is the reason for which our enemies want to divide and spread discord among us.”

“l’Expression” pointed out that “the Prime Minister has ensured that all what could undermine the development and prosperity of Algeria was settled by the Head of State,” reporting also Sellal’s call to go voting.

Arab-speaking daily “El Khabar” also stressed “the need for a large participation” in the elections of May 4, announcing that the imams were instructed to devote a part of their sermon, in the prayer of Friday, to raising the citizens’ awareness on the need to go voting.

“El Watan” newspaper reported the statements of the head of the High Authority of Election Monitoring Abdelwahab Derbal who affirmed that “there is a political willingness to ensure the transparency of the elections.”

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ALGIERS- Political parties, on Wednesday, the 11th legislative election campaign day, called for more centralized governance and equitable fiscal system.

The secretary general of the National Democratic Rally (RND), Ahmed Ouyahia, at a campaign meeting in Relizne, called for a "more centralized management and governance."

He stressed that the country has restored security and stability, and is on the track of development through investment promotion.

Louisa Hanoune, the secretary general of the Workers Party (PT), ensured in Djelfa that her party's candidates will fight for the improvement of the fiscal system, making it more equitable.

The leader of the PT pledged that her party's candidates would commit to "fighting despoilment of public funds and corruption, through a bill, while holding accountable any official embezzling public funds."

The president of the Algerian National Front (FNA), Moussa Touati, held a rally in Jijel during which he called citizens to go voting in large numbers to favour change, by choosing the candidates of his political party.

Touati said the candidates of his party "know how to serve the interests of the (Algerian) people," who they will have as effective partners in the exercise of power and for a better management of public affairs."

At a campaign meeting in Ouargla, the head of Tajamoue Amel Djazair (TAJ), Amar Ghoul, stressed the importance of a "rational" management of public funds, through "direct social support" to vulnerable and low-revenue people.

He added that his election programme includes the improvement of people's living conditions, by boosting the socio-economic achievements. 

The secretary general of the National Liberation Front Djamel Ould Abbes, at a rally in Souk Ahras, said the legislative elections of May 4 will make it possible to "hand over the torch from the mujahideen (national liberation war veterans) to the generation of independence and the young, who will preserve Algeria and its unity."

FLN's programme is "that of the president of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is the president of all Algerians and the chairman of the FLN," he underlined.




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ORAN (Algeria)- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Wednesday that a large participation to the legislative elections of May 4 "will undeniably strengthen our patriotism and boost the country's stability."

In an address during a meeting with local authorities and civil society representatives in Oran (432-km west of Algiers), Sellal said "a large participation in the forthcoming legislative elections will undeniably strengthen our patriotism and boost the country's stability."

It will be a "show of awareness and a precious contribution to the development of our nation, to which everybody should adhere seriously and with responsibility."

Sellal cited Oran as a "typical example of good achievements, fulfilment of pledges and respect of commitments."

Prime Minister recalled the "painful moments" the city has gone through.

Oran "had been suffering from drinking water shortage since the colonial era," Sellal says, stressing President of the Republic's commitment to definitively resolve the problem.

"The dream has come true as President Bouteflika is a man of his word, the man who has achieved National Reconciliation and restored stability."



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ALGIERS-The need for a political consensus, women’s role in the mobilization of the electorate and expectations from the next People’s National Assembly (Lower House of Parliament) are among the issues broached by political leaders in the last 24H as part of the election campaign for the legislative election on 4 May.     

President of El-Islah movement Filali Gouini said Wednesday in a meeting in Medea (92 km west of Algiers) that Algeria needed more than before “a large consensus on a political minima likely to ensure the stability of the country and its institutions.”

Leader of El-Islah affirmed that abstention and boycott “have never had an impact on events and their influence on major political orientations of the country is almost insignificant,” adding that “boycott supporters perfectly know that their steps will not brings solutions to the country’s current situation.”

Gouini pleaded for a large consensus between political players on the same goal, namely “the preservation of Algeria from the dangers that lie ahead and strengthen the internal front.”

Speaking Tuesday afternoon in a women gathering in Algiers, Secretary General of the National Liberation Front (FLN) Djamel Ould Abbes called on Algerian women to massively participate in the election and make it successful.

Besides, Ould Abbdes stressed that FLN women militants played a key role since the beginning of the election campaign through visiting districts to raise citizens' awareness of the importance of fulfilling their civic duty.

For his part, Secretary of the National Democratic Rally (RND) Ahmed Ouyahia highlighted in Mascara (358 km west of Algiers) the importance his party’s electoral program attaches to state’s social commitments towards citizens.

Ouyahia reaffirmed that the RND supports president Bouteflika’s program and policy, which consisted in the repayment of Algeria’s foreign debts and the establishment of financial reserves “to meet social commitments towards citizens and pursue the policy of support to investment in the sectors of industry and agriculture to boost economic growth.”   

For a parliament that “genuinely” monitors government’s action

Holding a meeting in Skikda (470 km east of Algiers), president of the Algerian National Front (FNA) Moussa Touati affirmed that MPs had to “serve the people” and ensure “respect for the laws preserving citizens’ honour and dignity.”

“It is time to elect a parliament that ensures justice and allows the people to exercise its sovereignty in accordance with the principles provided by the 1st November Statement,” said the speaker, who urged “each citizen eager for his country’s interests to vote.”

In Setif (270 km east of Algiers), the Secretary General of the National Republic Alliance (ABR) Belkacem Sahli said the next Lower House had to be “able to implement the assets of provided by the revised Constitution.”

Holding a meeting in M’sila (243 km southeast of Algiers), president of the Freedom and Justice Party (PLJ) Mohamed Said called on electors to elect competent candidates that will make the next Parliament “a real institution that monitors government’s action and defends the choices of the sovereign people.”

The first Secretary General of the Socialist Forces Front (FFS) Abdelmalek Bouchafa affirmed that his party’s political action consisted in “sowing hope and trust, and establishing a peaceful democratic alternative.”

Bouchafa called to “rebuild a national consensus to which all Algerian adhere. This is a strategic political project for the FFS, which seeks to establish a democratic alternative,” he stated.

Representative of Ennahda-Adhala-Bina Alliance Abdellah Djaballah highlighted in Oued Rhiou (210 km of west of Algiers) the need to give citizens full powers and entrench popular sovereignty to strengthen state’s institutions.

Ennahda-Adhala-Bina Alliance “is a strategic and Unitarian project aiming to establish a republican and social state with a sovereignty based on the principle of Islam.” 

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ALGIERS- The issues relating to the economic revival and energy transition to free the country from hydrocarbon dependence were underlined by the parties competing in the legislative elections of 4 May 2017, said the national press on Wednesday.

El Moudjahid newspaper noted that the electoral campaign is half-way through, “few parties broach, in a more detailed way, the current issues,” at different levels, such as the concrete measures to be taken to overcome the financial crisis affecting the country, or how to go towards a diversified economy, create jobs, achieve energy transition.

The daily “La Nouvelle République” underlined that the candidates are “unanimous on the need for an energy transition,” adding that freeing the country’s national economy from its dependence on hydrocarbons is a “priority” in the proposal lists of the parties.

The Algerian Popular Movement (MPA) called to lead liberal reforms and break with the old policies, said the newspaper “l’Expression.”

“Le Quotidien d'Oran” daily wrote that Benyounes called on the people to seize the opportunity of the legislative elections to make a “major change” and get the country out of the crisis.

The Socialist Force Front (FFS) called on the citizens to go massively to the polls and to keep hope for a “peaceful and consensual” change, said “El Watan.”

Arab-speaking newspaper “El Massa” noted that the 10th day of the electoral campaign was marked by the continuation of the parties’s activities to raise the awareness of the citizens and convince them to go voting on May 4 to make the change.

For its part, “Echourouk” mentioned the anarchical billposting of the candidates’ pictures.



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ALGIERS- On the 10th day of the electoral campaign, the leaders of political parties outlined the main themes of their programmes, particularly the social aspect likely to meet citizens’ expectations.

The Secretary General of the National Democratic Rally (RND) Ahmed Ouyahia said, in a meeting held in Saida, that his party is committed to implement the capital punishment for child abductors and drug traffickers.

Furthermore, the RND Secretary General recalled that his party’s programme, in its chapter dedicated to social policy, grants a particular interest to improve the sector of national education by offering, among others, the children of low-income families a quarterly scholarship reaching 50,000 DZD for each child so they can pursue their studies.

For his part, the leader of the Tadjamou Amal El Djazaïr party Amar Ghoul said, from Biskra, that his party is “an incubator for youth and their aspirations par excellence” by integrating them on its electoral lists.

Ghoul underlined that the TAJ “considers the support of youth and their integration on the political scene and in the national development effort, an obligation.”

In its social component, the party’s programme offers “direct social benefits to the precarious categories for their needs in food products, energy use, schooling of children and housing.”

The leader of El Moustakbel Front Abdelaziz Belaïd, who was in Djelfa, said that his party’s strengthen is its ambition to build “a complementary and harmonious society.”

“Our party does not make promises but will represent the people as best it can by defending it and by suggesting ideas in various economic and socio-cultural fields,” he said.

The leader of El-Islah movement Filali Ghouini also held a meeting in Ouargla, where he called to give citizens hope, and meet their expectations.

Ghouini called for an electoral speech with an encouraging content that gives citizens hope and allows meeting their expectations and concerns.

“Which is likely to encourage participation in elections and avoid boycott,” he said.

The leader of El-Islah Movement said he is convinced citizens “will vote to meet the call of the homeland, preserve national interest and the stability and security of the country.”

In Guelma, the leader of the National Algerian Front (FNA) Moussa Touati considered the High Independent Authority of Election Monitoring (HIISE) “is not authorized” to take measures regarding the electoral lists that do not display candidates’ pictures.

Touati also said that “no legal text authorizes this body to intervene regarding the kind of posters relating to the electoral campaign,” adding that the HIISE is “in charge of monitoring speeches, not posters.”

The FNA leader held another meeting in El Tarf where he underlined that “voting is the only alternative for change,” calling on citizens to” vote en masse and to choose the best candidates to represent them in the next Parliament.”

From Tizi Ouzou, the leader of the MSP Abderrezak Makri focused his meeting on regional specificities, saying they are an asset to be valued within the framework of a useful regionalism.”

Furthermore, Makri noted the need to promote Tamazight in order to be able to teach it to all Algerians, adding that” now that this language is national and official, it should be promoted and developed by scientists and academicians.”

HIISE, ARAV satisfied with running of election campaign

Regarding the running of the election campaign, the vice-president of the High Independent Authority of Election Monitoring (HIISE) Ibrahim Boudoukha said that no violation triggering a public action has been recorded by the body so far.

Speaking on the national radio, Boudoukha said that the election campaign is taking place in good conditions and to this day, “no violation criminalized by the law has been recorded,” noting the “minor offences” relating to the anarchic display of parties’ posters.

For its part, the Broadcasting Regulatory Authority (ARAV) noted the serenity characterizing the media coverage of the elections campaign for the upcoming legislative elections of 4 May, adding that “no complaint of any kind has been recorded at its level so far.”

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ALGIERS-The Broadcasting Regulatory Authority (ARAV) expressed Tuesday "satisfaction" with the media coverage of the electoral campaign for the legislative elections of 4 May, and affirmed that "no complaint has been issues so far" following a first assessment of the media coverage by public and private radio and TV channels.

"ARAV expresses satisfaction with the serenity that characterized the coverage of the electoral and noted mutual respect and a loyal competition between candidates in the first ten days of the campaign," said ARAV in a communiqué, stating that "all these positive signals strengthen ARAV's main mission and must be encouraged to ensure a smooth running of the electoral campaign."  

Besides, ARAV recalled that nine public and private TV channels and the national radio cover the election campaign, stressing that most of those TV channels "make laudable efforts, particularly private ones which are professional although this is the first election campaign for legislative elections they cover."

The communiqué also recalled that the chairman of ARAV had started a series of visits to TV channels "in a spirit of listening and dialogue." 

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ALGIERS-Vice-Chairman of the High Authority for Election Monitoring (HIISE) affirmed Tuesday that no irregularity requiring a public prosecution has been reported so far by the HIISE during the election campaign for the legislative elections on 4 May.

Speaking on the radio, Boudoukha stated that the election campaign took place under satisfactory conditions and not  irregularity criminalized by law had been reported so far," noting "minor anarchic display-related offences."

In the same connection, Boudoukha affirmed that the HIISE "has reported any case of violence against candidates," stressing that the election campaign "has not witnessed such a irregularity so far."

Besides, the HIISE "has instructed heads of lists to conform to the space devoted to display," said Boudoukha, who stressed that "some candidates have conformed to this instruction while other ignored it. Such a situation enables to contact provincial authorities with a view to resorting to public force."   

As regards the control of Administration in terms of the material means necessary for the election campaign, Boudoukha affirmed that "the details relating to the work of the administration have been dealt with and no problem has been reported," stating that the HIISE President pays improvised inspection visits to the offices of the same body."

Cases of display-related irregularities committed by some parties have been reported by other parties.

As regards media coverage, the HIISE has noted "full compliance to the specifications relating to this issue and no irrgularity has been reported so far."

As for HIISE's mechanisms to monitor elections, the same official affirmed that the control of electoral records revision took place "under favourable conditions", saying that "the HIISE currently works to ensure a smooth running of the election campaign."  

After he urged political parties to "take advantage of the legal provisions allowing them to control elections," Boudoukha stressed that the HIISE "encourages administration to contact their parties to send the lists of their monitors in polling stations."

The HIISE "does not request assistance from parties but reminds them of the prerogatives provided by the law to monitor the election process," he recalled.

Regarding the presence of HIISE members on 4 May in polling station nationwide, Boudoukha announced that "a deployment plan is being prepared to cover polling station nationwide and abroad," adding that "agreements are currently being signed with bailiffs and notaries as auxiliaries of justice to assist the authority's members in polling centres and stations. 

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