Union of Democratic and Social Forces

  • Name: اتحاد القوى الديمقراطية الاجتماعية (Arabic), Union des forces démocratiques et sociales (French), Union of Democratic and Social Forces (English)
  • Year founded: 2012
  • Ideology: Democratic
  • Current leader & function: Noureddine Bahbouh (general secretary)
  • Number of seats in parliament (lower house): 3 (In March 2013 a UFDS deputy was one of the MP's who attempted to "migrate" to another party, reportedly the RND or FLN, causing parliamentary indignation)
  • Currently in government or in opposition: In opposition
  • Legal status: Legal political party
  • Link to official party website: http://www.ufds-algerie.com/
  • Observations: The UFDS is one of the wave of new parties legalised by the government following President Bouteflika's 2011 reforms. It marks the return to politics of former Agriculture Minister and RND stalwart Noureddine Bahbouh.