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Islamists in Algeria boycott commissions of new parliament

Thursday, June 14, 2012

ALGIERS, June 13 (Xinhua) — The Alliance of Green Algeria (AAV) , regrouping three Islamist parties, decided Wednesday not to sit in the head office of the new elected parliament with its twelve permanent commissions.

The local TSA news website reported that this decision was announced during a meeting of the three parties of the alliance, namely the Movement for the Society of Peace (MSP), El Islah ( Reform) and Ennahda (Renaissance).

Yet, the Green Alliance does not intend to boycott the works of the parliament, which was elected in late May.

Earlier this month, both the leftist Workers’ Party (PT) and the Socialist Forces Front (FFS), two major opposition parties, have also decided not to sit in any commissions in the newly- elected parliament.

TSA further quoted Bouguerra Soltani, head of the MSP, as saying that the parliamentary elections on May 10 was a “mere trap. ”

The MSP withdrew from the presidential alliance with two ruling parties, the National Liberation Front (FLN) and the National Democratic Rally (RND) in early January 2012. It has decided not to partake in the forthcoming government.