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Election results will intensify Algeria's crises

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Significance

The elections revived political parties that had been marginalised by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s administration and had been criticised by the ‘Hirak’ protest movement. Tebboune had intended the polls to put an end to the Hirak protesters and to concentrate his power but they have had the opposite effect and, rather than resolving Algeria’s political crisis, they have made it worse.

Impacts

  • A parliament at odds with the president will mean that Algeria will be unable to implement policies to address its economic crisis.
  • The persistence of the Hirak movement raises the chance of a confrontation with security forces, which could lead to widespread unrest.
  • Tebboune may resign under pressure from the military if economic conditions worsen and demonstrations become violent.

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