Long-dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) dominates in weekend parliamentary elections, but with a significantly reduced 105 seats and with the country's lowest ever turnout at 23%, electoral board says.
Algeria's FLN, long the country's biggest political party, has won the most seats in the parliamentary election, the head of the electoral authority said.
"The dynamic of peaceful change that was launched (with the protests) is being strengthened," electoral authority head Mohamed Chorfi said on Tuesday, referring to the election.
According to the initial figures, the FLN led with 105 out of 407 seats in Saturday's poll, Chorfi said.
The FLN's 105 seats were far short of the 204 needed to secure a majority in the 407-seat parliament, with the religious party MSP winning 64 seats, another former ruling coalition party, the RND, winning 57, and independent candidates taking 78 seats.
However, most of the elected members of parliament are expected to support President Abdelmadjid Tebboune's programme, including economic reforms.
Only 5.6 million of more than 24 million eligible voters lodged a ballot at polls –– a record low turnout of just 23.03 percent –– with more than a million invalid votes cast, the ANIE electoral board said in provisional figures.
The protests that erupted in 2019 demanded the ousting of the ruling elite, an end to corruption and the army's withdrawal from politics. While authorities praised the demonstrations as a moment of national renewal, they also cracked down with arrests.
Hirak boycotts election
Religious parties had hoped to benefit from the unrest of the past two years of protests that pushed the veteran president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, from office and led to the jailing of numerous senior officials.
But the biggest difference from previous elections was the much larger number of independents winning seats in parliament, with religious parties retaining about the same share as previously.
The leaderless Hirak mass protest movement boycotted the vote, as it had the 2019 election that installed Tebboune in place of Bouteflika.
Hirak has said any vote that takes place while the current establishment remains in place, and while the army interferes in politics, cannot be fair.
While elections before Hirak's rise had higher official turnout figures, they were still often marked by a large number of abstentions.
The make-up of the new parliament is expected to shape the next government, which will face a looming economic crisis with Algeria having spent more than four fifths of its foreign currency reserves since 2013.