Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the people and the Government of Algeria for the peaceful conduct of legislative elections last week, and welcomed the increased representation of women in the new parliament, Ban’s spokesman said in a statement.
“The Secretary-General encourages the Government of Algeria and all political parties in the country to cooperate and work in an inclusive and peaceful manner to implement political and constitutional reforms and strengthen the democratic process in Algeria,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added.
The Secretary-General had, at the request of the Algerian Government, sent a High-Level Panel to the North African country to observe the electoral process involved in choosing members of its People’s National Assembly and keep him abreast of developments.
The election in Algeria finished last Thursday, when 24,916 candidates competed for 462 seats in the new parliament.
According to media reports, Algeria’s main ruling party, the National Liberation Front, won almost half of the seats in the 462-seat legislative body, with the National Democratic Rally reportedly finishing second with 68 seats in the National People’s Assembly, while the Alliance of Green Algeria came third with 48 seats, the news agency said.
The spokesperson said Mr. Ban reiterated the continued commitment of the United Nations to support Algeria’s efforts to achieve socio-economic development and democratic reforms.
U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton stated how international and nongovernmental organizations observed the elections and how the United States looks forward to working with the newly elected National Popular Assembly, accordint to CNN.
“These elections and the high number of women elected are a welcome step in Algeria’s progress toward democratic reform,” Clinton said in a statement.