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Al-Majlis Al-Chaabi Al-Watani (National People's Assembly)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Barlaman / Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Al-Majlis Al-Chaabi Al-Watani / National People's Assembly
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Majlis al-Oumma / Council of the Nation
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 4 May 2017
Purpose of elections The ruling coalition comprising President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's National Liberation Front (FNL) and the National Democratic Rally (RND), led by the President's senior adviser Ahmed Ouyahia, retained the majority in the 462-member National People's Assembly. Several opposition parties, including former Prime Minister Ali Benflis's Talaie El-Houriat and the Jil Jadid, called for election boycott, citing possible election fraud. However, most opposition forces, including the Movement of Society for Peace (MSP), led by Mr. Abderrazak Mokri, and the Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD), led by Mr. Mohcine Belabbas, participated in the elections. The elections saw a low turnout: only 35.37% of 23 million voters went to the polls-down from 43.14% in 2012.

The 2017 elections were held against a backdrop of low energy prices that have severely hit the economy of the country (a major gas producer). They were the first to be held after the 2016 constitutional amendments. The amendments reinstated a two-term limit on the presidency (the provision had been lifted in 2008). The amendments also require that the President has support from the majority of parliament to appoint a prime minister, and provide for freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the right to demonstrate peacefully.
Date of previous elections: 10 May 2012

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 23 May 2017

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: May 2022

Number of seats at stake: 462 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 11,315 (7,679 men and 3,636 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 32.1%

Number of parties contesting the election: 1,088 lists*
*796 lists submitted by 54 political parties, 128 by coalition of parties and 163 by independents.

Number of parties winning seats: 61 lists

Alternation of power: No

Number of parties in government: 2

Names of parties in government: National Liberation Front (FNL) and National Democratic Rally (RND)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 23 May 2017

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Saïd Bouhadja (National Liberation Front, FLN)
Voter turnout
Round no 14 May 2017
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
8'225'123 (35.37%)

Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
National Liberation Front (FLN)
National Democratic Rally (RND)
Movement of Society for Peace (MSP)
Tajamoua Amel El Djazair (TAJ)
Nahda-Adala-Bina Union
El-Moustakbel Front ("Future", FM)
Socialist Forces Front (FFS)
Algerian Popular Movement (MPA)
Workers' Party (PT)
Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD)
National Republican Alliance (ANR)
Movement for National Understanding (MEN)
El Karama Party ("Dignity")
El Wihda Independent List
Young People's Party
Free Democratic Front (FDL)
National Advocacy Front (FMN)
El Ouancharisse
Republican Patriotic Rally (RPR)
AHD 54
National Party for Solidarity and Development (PNSD)
Freedom and Justice Party (PLJ)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
National Liberation Front (FLN) 161
National Democratic Rally (RND) 100
Others 39
Movement of Society for Peace (MSP) 34
Tajamoua Amel El Djazair (TAJ) 20
Nahda-Adala-Bina Union 15
El-Moustakbel Front ("Future", FM) 14
Socialist Forces Front (FFS) 14
Algerian Popular Movement (MPA) 13
Workers' Party (PT) 11
Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD) 9
National Republican Alliance (ANR) 6
Movement for National Understanding (MEN) 4
El Karama Party ("Dignity") 3
El Wihda Independent List 3
Young People's Party 2
Free Democratic Front (FDL) 2
National Advocacy Front (FMN) 2
El Ouancharisse 2
Republican Patriotic Rally (RPR) 2
AHD 54 2
National Party for Solidarity and Development (PNSD) 2
Freedom and Justice Party (PLJ) 2
Distribution of seats according to sex
Percent of women
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
National People's Assembly (23.05.2017, 09.08.2017)

The "Others" above comprises the following 39 parties/lists which won one seat each:
- National Front for Social Justice (FNJS)
- Islah Movement
- Algerian National Front (FNA)
- Party of Algerian Renewal (PRA)
- National Union for Development (UND)
- National Movement of Algerian Workers (MNTA)
- El Infitah Movement (MEI)
- National Freedom Front (FNL)
- New Algeria Front (FAN)
- El Fedjr El Jadid Party ("New Dawn", PFJ)
- Union of Democratic and Social Forces (UFDS)
- Movement of Free Citizens (MCL)
- El Wafa wa Tawassol
- El Noor
- Forssan Ouargla
- El Taouassol
- El Amel
- El Wafa
- Al Kafaa wal masdakia
- Hope and Work Party
- The Voice of the People Party
- Citizens' Alternative Independent Forum
- Eldarrouri
- Citizens' Initiative Party
- Sawt Echaab
- El Hillal
- Ennadjah
- Union for National Unity (URN)
- Equity and Proclamation Party
- El Wihda oua ettadaoul
- El Badr
- El Ichrak
- Abnaa Echaab
- Izouran Independent Forum
- El Amel
- Nidaa El Awfiaa
- Vieux Ksar
- El Moubadara
- El Fath Alliance

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