As had been anticipated in recent days, the announcement of withdrawal of the Movementof Society for Peace (MSP), the Alliance's president, has nevertheless provided an earthquake for the political -media, writes El Moudjahid.
The President of the Movement of Society for Peace (MSP), Mr. Bouguerra Soltani, who made the announcement yesterday, said on Friday at the opening of the regular session of Majliss Échourie, that the year 2012 will be for his Movement the year of competition and not that of Alliance in the elections. Mr. Soltani said in his speech that he would continue to deal with the alliance but to persist in the alliance would be poor policy, which would serve neither the country nor its citizens. He added that the Movement hopes to compete for senior positions and what it needs to do is to essentially break free from double standards. He did not fail to recall that the action performed by the movement so far in the framework of the Alliance was a national duty based on political efforts which focused on national reconciliation as a priority, adding that today, national duty calls for political reforms as being the highest priority devoted to the rule of law.
Mr. Soltani said that the MSP does not share the position of its partners within the Alliance about the philosophy of reforms. He said the Movement, campaigning today to put the reforms on their popular trajectory after it was diverted by some, to a partisan path. For him, the philosophy of the reforms is still governed by the fear of national tragedy and the logic of a state of emergency. Mr. Soltani said that the laws adopted in the reforms have been emptied of their substance, namely freedom, transparency, political will and political openness and media.
The Movement of Society for Peace (MSP) had joined the Presidential Alliance in 2004, alongside the party's National Liberation Front (FLN) and the National Democratic Rally (RND), with the aim of implementing the program of the President of the Republic. The MSP has four ministers in the government and was ranked the third position in the last elections in 2007, behind its former allies the FLN and the RND. The MSP has 51 deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and achieved the same position at the last elections (3rd) in 2007, still ranks behind the FLN and the RND with 107 municipal people's assemblies (PCA) on 1,541 at national level.
According to the official in charge of communication to the FLN, Mr. Kassa Aissi, removal of the MSP was predictable and requires no comment. The secretary general of the party's National Liberation Front (FLN) Abdelaziz Belkhadem had said that the Presidential Alliance continues as it was originally signed to implement the program of the President of the Republic and that it " is not a merger of three parties only and it is based on and made to complete the program of the President of the Republic, once the program is complete it may be dissolved. He estimated that it is a voluntary act and not an obligation. "
Belkhadem wants the maintenance of the presidential alliance. The reforms initiated by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika formed the basis of political and democratic practice in the country starting from the law on political parties to facilitate the granting of recognition to the parties to the establishment of the Surveillance Commission for elections that will allow the national and international public opinion to inquire into the serious reforms of the President and the integrity of the forthcoming elections.
For its part, the spokesman for the RND, Mr. Miloud Chorfi said here that the decision of the MSP is sovereign. He explained that it is a decision which we respect. The Alliance president whose presidency rotates, should meet in ordinary session every three months, according to its rules of procedure. Its last meeting was in December 2010, session during which the presidency was given to the FLN. In 2011, the Alliance had not met. It was expected that the MSP or the FLN would take over as president of the Alliance in July 2011. This measure by the Movement of Society for Peace (MSP-Islamist) should logically lead to the withdrawal of Ministers of the Islamic party and a government reshuffle
. There has been much speculation about a resurgence of political islam as a force in Algeria. Mr Soltani expressed his confidence in victory in the next elections, others including Louisa Hannoune of the Workers Party have said that they feel the islamic parties are too split to become a coherent political force.