Speaker of the Arab Parliament, Adel Bin Abdulrahman Al-Assoumi, yesterday congratulated Algeria for holding the legislative election on Saturday.
“Conducting these elections represents an important stage in the process of democratic development and strengthening political participation in the Republic of Algeria and represents a necessary step forward,” Al-Assoumi said in a statement.
He commended: “The Algerian people’s ability to pass this important democratic process and overcome all challenges under the wise leadership of the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune,” expressing at the same time his confidence in the new lawmakers’ ability “to shoulder the great responsibility” entrusted to them by the Algerian people.
The results of an Algerian parliamentary election in which less than a third of eligible voters voted will be announced in a few days, according to the head of the voting authority.
With Algeria facing an impending economic crisis, the ruling elite has attempted to end two years of political upheaval by holding elections and cracking down on opposition.
The “Hirak” mass protest movement’s supporters claimed it demonstrated the system’s lack of legitimacy. Khaled Drareni and Ihsane El Kadi, two famous journalists, as well as opposition activist Karim Tabbou, were detained last week but released on Saturday.