National Liberation Front Party

  • Name - Original language & name in English: حزب جبهة التحرير الوطني (Arabic), Front de Libération Nationale (French), National Liberation Front party (English)
  • Year founded: 1954
  • Ideology: Nationalist, Centre-Left
  • Current leader & function: As of February 2013 the FLN is without a secretary general following the central committee's loss of confidence and subsequent removal of Abdelaziz Belkhadem (SG since 2005). The party is currently preparing the succession. Amar Saadani was the SG between 2013 and 2016, on 22 October 2016 he quit the post and left 82 year-old former minister Djamel Ould Abbes as new leader of the party. In Novembrer 2018, Ould Abbès was replaced by current parliament president, Mouad Bouchareb, in a controversial move, not having followed the usual procedure of nomination. President Bouteflika is the honorary president of the party. On April 30th, Mohamed Djemaï replaced Mouad Bouchareb as the new Secretary General.
  • Number of seats in parliament (lower house): 208
  • Currently in government or in opposition: In government
  • Legal status: Legal political party
  • Link to official party website
  • Observations: The modern FLN is the continuation of the revolutionary national independence movement and former single-party that dominated Algerian politics for three decades. The FLN has been at the heart of every government (in coalition with the RND and others) ever since the restoration of 'democratic institutions' in the second half of the 1990's. Apart from one notable exception (when the core of the party backed its then-leader Ali Benflis against Bouteflika in the run-up to the 2004 presidential election) the party has been a loyal stalwart of the Bouteflika presidency.