Algeria's ruling FLN, allies win majority in parliament: ministry

Reuters News
Posted: May 05, 2017 7:14 AM

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's ruling National Liberation Front or FLN party and its main allies won a majority in a parliamentary election overshadowed by the financial crunch from lower oil prices and questions over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's health.

Announcing the results, the interior ministry said turnout was 38.25 percent, reflecting distrust among Algerians that a weak parliament can bring change in a system dominated since 1962 independence by the FLN. Turnout was 43 percent in 2012.

FLN, whose roots trace back to the war against colonial France, won 164 seats in the 462-seat National Assembly. Allies, the National Rally for Democracy, or RND, won 97 seats, according to the interior ministry.

(Reporting by Patrick Markey and Lamine Chikhi)