Summary of the Election/Country Politics
The Algerian election took place on May 10, 2012. The National Liberation Front, which has been Algeria’s ruling party for half a century, won over 220 votes and the other party only received 68. Clearly, the NLFs won by a landslide and the other party didn’t do too hot. On May 26, 2012, there was a protest against the election claiming that the votes were rigged to automatically give the ruling party the majority of the votes.
There were many people watching the Algerian national assembly elections on election day to see if they would go ahead and have another term with the ruling party or if something would change. The results were not at all surprising.
Algeria, which is the only country in North Africa was left without bother by the “Arab Spring” revolts, but some say that if the country doesn’t loosen up with the power, they might not be able to go another year without the revolts.
However, it was not an easy process to get in contact with the students from Students of The World program. There were a number of students that did not want to contact us back because of personal reason and or was not aware of what we asked them to do. It was really challenging to find students that we can communicate with and ask for a favor. Also, since the election date were being moved from April 17 to May 10, many students from Algeria did not get a chance to figured some of the issues that happened in their country during the election time period. One of the most challenging task was to communicate with students from a different country and is under a different government system as the United State because we do not know what to expect on the outcomes.