Algeria's presidential election of April 2004: a backward step in the democratisation process or a forward step towards stability?

Bouandel, Youcef (2004) Algeria's presidential election of April 2004: a backward step in the democratisation process or a forward step towards stability? Third World Quarterly, 25 (8). pp. 1525-1540. ISSN 1360-2241

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0143659042000308500

Abstract

Algeria's third plural presidential election caught the imagination of the Algerian electorate like no one has done before. Previously, the results were known in advance and elections served only to confer legitimacy on decisions made elsewhere, invariably by the military. This 2004 election seems to be more open. At least in theory, for the first time in Algeria's history, the winner of this election is not going to be the explicit choice of the military. In addition to the neutrality of the army, the autonomy of the former ruling party, the FLN and the unprecedented criticism of the President, the ingredients for an open and exciting election were in place. While most candidates engaged in negative campaigning, sometimes even at the expense of their political manifestos, the incumbent president stressed his achievements, particularly on the security front. 'National reconciliation', the way towards the establishment of further peace, dominated his political campaign and turned the election to a referendum on stability

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Algeria, Representation
Subjects:L Social studies > L243 Politics of a specific country/region
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:696
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:22 Jun 2007
Last Modified:09 Jul 2013 12:03

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