Algerian legislative election, 1997

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Algerian legislative election, 1997

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All 231 seats to the People's National Assembly
116 seats were needed for a majority

  First party Second party Third party
  Liamine Zeroual.jpg No image.svg
Leader Liamine Zéroual Mahfoud Nahnah Boualem Benhamouda
Party RND MSP FLN
Last election - 0 15
Seats won 156 69 62
Seat change Increase156 Increase69 Increase47
Popular vote 3,533,434 1,553,154 1,497,285
Percentage 33.7% 14.8% 14.3%
Swing Increase33.7% Increase9.4% Decrease9.1%

Prime Minister before election

Ahmed Ouyahia
RND

Elected Prime Minister

Ahmed Ouyahia
RND

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Parliamentary elections were held in Algeria on 5 June 1997. The result was a victory for the National Rally for Democracy (RND), a new party created in early 1997 for President Zéroual's supporters, which won 156 out of 380 seats. They were followed by the Movement of Society for Peace (as Hamas had been required to rename itself) with 69 seats, the FLN (62), and the Islamist Ennahda (34). The two Berberist parties, FFS and RCD, got 20 and 19 seats respectively. Views on this election were mixed; most major opposition parties filed complaints, and the success of the extremely new RND raised eyebrows. The RND, FLN, and MSP formed a coalition government, with the RND's Ahmed Ouyahia as prime minister.

Voter turnout was 65.6%.[1]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
National Rally for Democracy 3,533,434 33.7 156
Movement of Society for Peace 1,553,154 14.8 69
National Liberation Front 1,497,285 14.3 62
Islamic Renaissance Movement 915,446 8.7 34
Socialist Forces Front 527,848 5.0 20
Rally for Culture and Democracy 442,271 4.2 19
National Republican Alliance 208,379 2.0 0
Workers' Party 194,493 1.9 4
Party of Algerian Renewal 197,262 1.9 0
National Movement of Algerian Youth 97,875 0.9 0
Movement of National Understanding 83,939 0.8 0
Algerian Rally 79,554 0.8 0
Progressive Republican Party 65,371 0.6 3
Algerian Movement for Justice and Development 61,829 0.6 0
National Constitutional Rally 55,553 0.5 0
Democratic Youth Movement 54,929 0.5 0
Amal Party 53,621 0.5 0
Union for Democracy and Freedom 51,090 0.5 1
Liberal Social Party 36,374 0.4 1
Algerian Liberal Party 327,412 3.1 0
National Alliance of Independent Democrats
National Bloc
Front of Democratic Algerians
Jihad Front for National Unity
Popular Forces' Front
National Boumedienist Front
National Movement for Nature and Development
Algerian People's Movement
Social Movement for Authenticity
Algerian Party for Justice and Progress
Social Justice Party
Liberal Just Party
Socialist National Democratic Party
National Solidarity and Development Party
Republican Party
Social Democratic Party
Workers' Socialist Party
People's Unity Party
Algerian National Rally
Independents 459,233 4.4 11
Invalid/blank votes 502,787 - -
Total 10,999,139 100 380
Source: Nohlen et al.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p54 ISBN 0-19-829645-2