US News Algeria. Legislative First Legislative Legislative: Little craze, warm-up in Kabylie

00:15  13 june  2021
00:15  13 june  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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, take place the first legislative legislation from the hirak, this unpublished and peaceful popular uprising, born February 22, 2019 of the rejection of a 5th term of the President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, pushed almost two months later to the resignation after twenty years of reign.

Some 24 million Algerians are called upon to elect the 407 deputies of the National People's People's Assembly for five years. They must choose from 2,288 lists, of which more than 1,200 are displayed as "independent". This is the first time that an also high number of independents are facing contenders endorsed by largely discredited parties and judged responsible for the crisis in the country.

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The repression has also increased before the elections.

Some 222 people are currently incarcerated for facts related to the Hirak and / or individual freedoms, according to the CNLD.

Low participation

at 4 pm (local time), the national participation rate reached 14.47%, a very low score, according to the President of the National Election Authority (ANIE), Mohamed Chorfi. The 2019 presidential election and the constitutional referendum of 2020 had already been marked by historical abstention. But whatever happens, power will accommodate.

"For me, the participation rate does not matter. What matters me is that those for whom the people vote have sufficient legitimacy, "

affirmed President Abdelmadjid Tebboune after voting in Algiers.

The closing of the polling stations was postponed by one hour, at 8:00 pm (21 hours in France), according to the Anie. The official results are expected in principle Sunday.

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The Algerians scrolled the dropper in the isolation, according to AFP journalists on site.

"I have never voted and this time it's the same. I do not think things can change, "

said Fatiha, a fiftierenary trader.

"I voted for stability [...] those who refuse the ballot do not offer any realistic alternative,"

pleaded on his side Hamid, a 60-year frame.

The voting operations generally took place in the calm in Algiers, where voters were rare, and in the provinces, except in Kabylie.

Warmed in Kabylie

in Kabylie, east of Algiers, almost all polling stations were closed to Bejaia and Tizi Ouzou, the most populous cities of the Berberophone region, according to the Algerian League for the Defense of the Defense Human Rights and the National Committee for the Liberation of Inmates (CNLD).

"In Bejaia this morning, 17 voting centers opened on the 500 in the 52 communes. At 11:00, there were only two open offices remained. At 2 pm, all offices were closed, "

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says Saïd Salhi, Vice President of the Algerian League of Human Rights (LADDH).

Harmhouses also broke out in several Kabyles localities and the police proceeded dozens of arrests, according to these two NGOs. " There were riots at El Asnam, and Bechloul,"

said Saïd Salhi. Voting bulletin images rushing the streets in Kabylie circulated on social networks.

The CNLD also reported arrests in Algiers and in the nearby town of Boumerdès.

"Electoral Masquerade"

Before the elections, the hirak, which in vainly claims a radical change of the

"system" of governance in place since independence (1962), denounced an

"election masquerade"

. The secular and left opposition boycotts the ballot. The diet is determined to impose its "road map" electoralist, ignoring the demands of the hirak-state of law, democratic transition, popular sovereignty, independent justice.

The winners of previous legislative laws in 2017, the National Liberation Front and the National Democratic Rally, associated with the Bouteflika era, are now decreable. It will also be necessary to count with the moderate Islamist movement that took part in the ballot.

that it has already answered the requests of the Hirak, the power denies for several months all legitimacy to this movement without real leaders, that it accuses being instrumentalized by

"foreign parties".

For the spokesperson of the Government, Amar Belhimer, "These honest and transparent elections will beat all the diabolic machinations fomented by laboratories with destructive targets".

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