Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Saturday received the general secretary of the National Liberation Front (FLN) party and a delegation of representatives of “independents”, the winners of legislative elections, as part of political consultations to form a new government.
This is according to a press release published by the Algerian Presidency on its official Facebook page.
“As part of the wider political consultation to form the government, the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, received the Secretary General of the National Liberation Front, Abu al-Fadl Badji, along with members of the Political Bureau,” the press release said. .
The statement said President Tebboune “received a delegation of independents led by Abdelwahab et Menguelet, consisting of seven members.”
The Presidency of the Algerian Republic announced last Thursday that the head of state would hold political consultations starting this Saturday to form a new government.
The same source indicated in a press release that “political consultations would be held with leaders of political parties and representatives of “independents” who won the June 12, 2021 legislative elections”.
“The final results announced by the Constitutional Council will be consulted in accordance with the order”, the Presidency of the Algerian Republic specified in its press release.
On Thursday, President Tebboune accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Abdelaziz Gerard’s government, in anticipation of the formation of a new government, following the announcement of the final results of the legislative elections.
The President of the Constitutional Council (Constitutional Court), Kamel Fenish, announced the final results of the legislative elections in Algeria on Wednesday.
The National Liberation Front (FLN) (headed by former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika), came first in the People’s National Assembly (APN/La First Chamber of Parliament) with 98 seats, or 24.07% of the 407 seats.
More than a week ago, preliminary official results indicated that the FLN had won 105 seats.
While the “Independents” consolidated their rank as the second political force in parliament, winning 6 additional seats, going from 78 to 84 seats according to the final results, or 20.63% of the total seats in the AFN.
The “Society for Peace Movement” (the largest party of the MSP/Islamic persuasion) won an additional seat, consolidating its third position with 65 seats, or 15.97% of the total seats in the AFN.
According to the Algerian constitution, the country’s president, after accepting the government’s resignation, begins consultations with the leaders of the winning parties in the election to appoint a new prime minister.
The winning parties in the legislative elections and the “independents” bloc, except for the “MSP” (65 seats), had declared their support for the formation of a presidential majority government, with the option of appointing a prime minister loyal to the political. be supported. Parties, policies of the Algerian President.
After his meeting with Tebboune, Abu al-Fadl Badji said in a press statement that his party would score the lion’s share in terms of ministerial portfolios in terms of votes received at the end of the election and the number of seats won. of June 12.
The FLN official said he had submitted an initiative to the Algerian head of state regarding the participation of his political formation in the government, without providing additional details.
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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