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Algeria’s Freedom and Justice Party to hold founding conference

The Algerian Islamic party which is counterpart to Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party hopes to be approved by the authorities ‎before January elections

DPA, Monday 9 Jan 2012
Head of Algeria’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Mohamed Al-Saeed

Head of Algeria’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Mohamed Al-Saeed said in a radio broadcast Monday that the party would hold its establishing conference from the 26-28 of January.

Approval from the Ministry of Interior will take about a month from file date, which would leave two months before legislative elections – “an insufficient period of time for an emerging party like us,” Al-Saeed said.

Algeria is in the process of approving many political parties after president Abdelaziz Bouteflika assured that the coming legislative elections, scheduled to take place in May, would witness the competing of new parties.

“The founding conference will decide the type of participation we will undertake in the coming elections, especially since we don’t know the prospective members well,” Al-Saeed said, adding that the conference would have a strong youth presence and that 20 to 25 per cent of seats would be allocated for women.

Al-Saeed ruled out joining a political bloc before elections, but said the party doesn’t mind coordinating with other parties to monitor ballot boxes.

Al-Saeed also criticized the moderate Islamist Movement for a Peaceful Society’s recent withdrawal from the presidential alliance ahead of elections while its four members holding ministerial posts remain in the cabinet.

The Algerian FJP follows four axes, namely social justice, economic modernity, economic viability and moral vigilance, according to Al-Saeed. He expressed his welcome to anyone who adheres to Islamic, patriotic and democratic principles.

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