NARCO CLOSEHOLD: Algerian Uncertainty

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

By Geoff D. Porter

Campaigning for Algeria’s 12 June legislative election ended on 8 June and there is no clear sense of whether any candidates convinced anyone of anything ahead of Saturday’s vote. Making matters more complicated, it is impossible to tell who is up, who is down, who is in, and who is out because there is no pre-election polling in Algeria. None. It does not exist. Never has.

Historic heavyweights like the National Liberation Front (FLN), the National Democratic Rally (RND), and occasionally, the Movement for a Peaceful Society (MSP) are squaring off against some more recent parties like Tajamoue Amel El Jazaïr (TAJ) and the Front de l’Algérie nouvelle (FAN,) as well as some outright newcomers like the Hisn el Matin-affiliated candidates and a huge roster of independents.

And there is absolutely no way of projecting what the outcome will be.

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