Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki expressed satisfaction with “the atmosphere of calm in the legislative elections in Algeria, and which contested all pessimistic expectations,” according to yesterday’s press release by the Department of Information and Communication of the Tunisian Presidency.
According to the release, “Tunisia congratulates Algerian people and leadership on the success of the Algerian legislative elections, and is confident that the new National Assembly will work to deepen the rapprochement between the two peoples in order to achieve common interests.”
Algerians headed to the polls on May 10 for the legislative elections in which the ruling party Front de Libération National (FLN) of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika competed for 462 seats along with other parties. Preliminary results of the first round show the FLN obtained 220 seats, followed by the National Democratic Alliance (RND) of Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahya (68).
The governing coalition, consisting of the FLN and the RND, can still retain their majority. Two hundred and thirty-two seats are needed for a majority.Almost 22 million Algerians are eligible to vote for 44 parties. Voter turnout was estimated at 35%. Bouteflika called for a high turnout and said that at least 45% would be needed to legitimize the elections.The Islamist Green Algeria Alliance came third with 48 seats.