Socialist Forces Front

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Socialist Forces Front
French: Front des Forces socialistes (FFS)
Arabic: جبهة القوى الاشتراكية
Berber: Tirni Iɣallen Inemlayen (RƔN)
Secretary Hocine Aït Ahmed
President Ali Laskri
Founded September 29, 1963; 51 years ago (1963-09-29)
Headquarters Algiers, Algeria
Ideology Social democracy
Algerianism
Berberism
Laicism
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation Socialist International
Colours      Azure
People's National Assembly
27 / 462
Website
www.ffs-dz.com
Politics of Algeria
Political parties
Elections

The Socialist Forces Front (Berber: Tirni Iɣallen Inemlayen (RƔN), French: Front des Forces socialistes (FFS), Arabic: جبهة القوى الاشتراكية) is a social democratic and secularist political party, mainly supported by Kabyles in Algeria. The FFS is a member of the Socialist International.

History and profile[edit]

The party was formed by Hocine Ait Ahmed 29 September 1963[1] in Tizi-Ouzou to oppose Ben Bella's government. Following the party's creation, a number of towns in Kabylia gave them their support. The Ben Bella government, aided by the Armée de Libération nationale, swiftly took control of the dissident towns during a mostly bloodless confrontation. Preferring to avoid direct conflict, the FFS and its soldiers retracted into the mountains from where they could launch guerrilla tactics.

The party was legalized in 1990.[1] It however boycotted the 2002 and 2007 legislative elections and the 2009 presidential election "calling it systematic electoral fraud in favour of the ruling parties".[2]

2012 legislative election[edit]

Though former Prime Minister Sid Ahmed Ghozali urged a boycott on the grounds that the election would be "a foregone conclusion.,[3] the party decided to participate in the 2012 legislative election. Apart from international monitors being invited to observe the process, Workers' Party leader Louisa Hanoune, a quite successful candidate to the 2009 presidential elections, had announced to work towards an alliance of the two parties.[4]

Hocine Aït Ahmed wrote to the National Council saying that "participation in these elections is a tactical necessity for the FFS, which falls in line with (its) construction strategy of peaceful democratic alternative to this despotic regime, corrupt and destructive. [The purpose of the party] does not lie in a quota of seats to reach [but] in mobilising political[ly] and peaceful[ly] in our party and our people."[2] With an electoral result of mere 2.47% the party reached 27 seats making it the second-largest opposition power after the Islamist Green Algeria Alliance.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Augustus Richard Norton (2001). Civil society in the Middle East. 2 (2001). BRILL. p. 83. ISBN 90-04-10469-0. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Algérie : le FFS ira aux législatives". Le Figaro. Retrieved on 10 May 2012.
  3. ^ Le FFS ira aux élections : « le boycott du prochain scrutin ne constitue pas un meilleur choix que la participation ». Siwel.info. Retrieved on 10 May 2012.
  4. ^ L'Expression – Le Quotidien – Louisa Hanoune candidate à Alger. Lexpressiondz.com. Retrieved on 10 May 2012.

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